Cairo (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Saudi Arabia and Jordan said it has asked relevant agencies in Jordan, including the Foreign Ministry, to coordinate support for Vietnamese citizens injured in a poison gas leak at the Jordanian port of Aqaba on June 27, and to address relevant issues.
Tran Minh Khoi, first secretary for consular affairs at the ministry, said after learning about the incident, the embassy reported it to the Vietnamese. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant informed agencies at home to verify information on the 12 victims and their families.
The embassy also visited the seven Vietnamese crew members who were injured in the gas explosion, he added.
For the five Vietnamese killed in the blast, he coordinated with the Jordanian side to expedite visa procedures for Vietnamese company representatives who sent the crew members to travel to Jordan for post-death procedures.
According to Khoi, the seven are staying in a hotel after their hospitalization, and the embassy will continue its coordination with local agencies as well as its support for citizen protection companies.
Jordanian News Agency (Petra) quoted Prime Minister Bishr Khasawneh as saying that the investigative team investigating the incident worked “around the clock to get full results on the incident”.
Khasaeneh offered his condolences to the families of the Port of Akaba victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.
At least 13 people died and 250 were injured when chlorine gas leaked from a storage tank at Aqaba port.
The leak occurred after the fall of a tank filled with more than 20 tons of chlorine gas exported to Djibouti./.