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31 students faint in school lab after experiment goes awry

The students started coughing and vomiting and falling on the floor. The chemistry teacher and lab assistant also fainted and fell down.

Around 30 girls and a boy, students of A B High school of Chikhli taluka in Navsari district, nearly passed out in the chemical laboratory when an experiment went awry causing the closed air conditioned room to fill up with fumes, choking them, during school hours Tuesday afternoon. The chemistry teacher and laboratory assistant also passed out leading to an emergency situation.

The students who are in Class XII (science) complained of stomach pain and breathing problems and were admitted in two different hospitals.

The students were reportedly carrying out experiments using diphenyl methylene and hydrochloric acid. The Rapid response team of Navsari health department officials rushed to the school and rescued the students.

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Sources said that the lab assistant had readied two different solutions in different flasks. As soon as the students started mixing the solutions, fumes came out from the flasks with bad odour and spread in the entire room, said sources. The doors and windows of the laboratory were closed as the air conditioner was on. The students started coughing and vomiting and falling on the floor. The chemistry teacher and lab assistant also fainted and fell down.

The other teachers in the school immediately rushed to the laboratory after learning about the incident, and opened the doors and windows and informed the district education department. The Rapid Response team of Primary health care centre of Chikhli rushed to the spot with a team of experts and rescued all the 31 students and the staff.

Forensic Science Laboratory officials, Chikhli Mamlatdar, Chilkhli police officials also reached the school for investigations. The students were rushed to Spandan hospital and Anand hospital in Chikhli where over 15 girl students were discharged after preliminary treatment, while remaining are kept under observation. The parents of students also reached the hospital.

Navsari District Chief health officer P N Kannar said, “The FSL officials took samples from the laboratory for investigations. The students complained about stomach ache, breathing problem, irritation. All the students are now out of danger though some are under observation. The condition of chemistry teacher Namrata Upadhyay who was present in the laboratory, is normal. The remaining chemicals were taken out from the laboratory and disposed of in an open ground and sand was sprinkled on it. At present the situation is normal and there is nothing to worry.”

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Chikhli police sub inspector D K Patel said, “We have started investigations into the incident and had taken statements of chemistry teacher Namrata Upadhyay. She told us that it is the normal process of carrying laboratory experiments. She was also shocked as why such incident had taken place. At present it is difficult to say anything before we carry out investigations. The FSL officials also had taken samples of remaining chemical substance from the laboratory.”

First published on: 12-08-2015 at 01:56:52 am
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