Visakhapatnam, May 7: A tragic incident took place in the wee hours of Thursday where eleven people died and several others were rushed to the hospital following an accidental gas leakage from LG Polymers plant in Vizag. The neuro-toxic gas Styrene leaked from Korean company LG Polymers around 3 AM on May 7 from the plant in R R Venkatapuram. The maximum impact of the gas leak was felt in about 1-1.5 km but the smell spread to about 2-2.5 km.
Fear and panic gripped the village after people complained of burning sensation in eyes and breathing difficulties as the strong stench of the gas enveloped the entire area. The plant was shut since late March due to coronavirus lockdown. 8 Dead in Styrene Gas Leakage at LG Polymers Industry, PM Narendra Modi Holds Meeting With NDMA.
Urging the residents to stay indoors, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation tweeted early in the morning: "There is gas leakage identified at LG Polymers in Gopalpatnam. Requesting citizens around these locations not to come out of houses for the sake of safety precautions." Styrene Gas Leak in Vizag: What Is Styrene? What Is Its Effect on Human Health? Know All About This Poisonous Gas.
Factory Was Supposed to Open on Thursday:
State Industries Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy said the LG Polymers unit was supposed to reopen post-lockdown on Thursday.
Andhra Pradesh Police Statement:
Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang informed that the factory was following all protocols. However, an investigation is underway to find out why the tragic incident happened. Forensic teams have been sent to the spot.
Vizag Gas Leak is an Accident, Says Police:
#VizagGasLeak is an accident. They were strictly following all protocols. Investigation underway. Forensic teams are also being sent to the spot: Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang. pic.twitter.com/SCLTeRoWR4
— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2020
Eleven people have died and more than 800 people have been shifted to the hospital after they complained of breathlessness and vomiting due to the gas leakage.
PM Narendra Modi Hold Emergency Meet on Vizag Gas Tragedy:
In view of the tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a meeting of National Disaster Management Authority officials. He further took to Twitter and said that the situation is being closely monitored and prayed for everyone's wellbeing in Vishakhapatnam.
Amit Shah's statement:
Amit Shah tweeted: "The incident in Visakhapatnam is disturbing. Have spoken to the NDMA officials and concerned authorities. We are continuously and closely monitoring the situation. I pray for the well-being of the people of Visakhapatnam."
Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Leaves For Visakhapatnam
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy leaves for Visakhapatnam. He will be visiting King George Hospital where the affected persons are being treated.
#VizagGasLeak: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy leaves for Visakhapatnam. He will be visiting King George Hospital where the affected persons are being treated. pic.twitter.com/ViCxnxfTwT
— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind Offers Condolences:
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolences to the families of the victims in the Vizag gas tragedy. Taking to Twitter, he said he is extremely sad by the news of the gas leak in a plant near Visakhapatnam which has claimed several lives. President Kovind further prayed for the recovery of the injured and the safety of others.
State Industries Minister MG Reddy Seeks Explanation From LG Polymers:
State Industries Minister MG Reddy said the company managing the chemical plant-LG Polymers, has to be responsible for gas leak mishap. Reddy said that the LG Polymers has to explain the reason behind the mishap and what all protocols were being followed. The Minister said accordingly, criminal action will be taken against them
Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation tweeted precautionary measures for Gas Leak:
Precautionary Measures for Gas Leak accident. pic.twitter.com/kMVNi4zBI1
— Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) (@GVMC_OFFICIAL) May 7, 2020
The gas has been neutralised and the situation is being constantly monitored. Andhra Pradesh DGP informed that only antidote right now is to drink lots of water. The gas has been neutralized to harmless liquid form but, little gas escaped factory premises and this affected people staying in the nearby areas.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy announced Rs 1 crore as compensation to the family members of the deceased. In addition to this, he also said that Rs 25,000 would be given to everyone admitted to the hospital.
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