Authorities in Ukraine have advised local residents to wear gas masks and stay indoors following yesterday’s train crash. A freight train, carrying a cargo of highly toxic phosphorous en route from Kazakhstan to Poland, derailed and burst into flames in the town of Lviv.
At least 20 people were taken to hospital with poisoning after a massive toxic cloud formed. The yellow poisonous cloud covered 90 square kilometres above 14 villages, before dispersing. The fear now is that the toxins may be carried on the wind into neighbouring countries.
Emergency services also advised residents, many of whom were evacuated, not to eat home-grown vegetables or drink milk from their cows. The chemical, if consumed, can cause liver damage, heart problems, kidney failure and attacks the spinal cord and bones.