11 Dead, Over 1000 Sick, 25 Critical After Gas Leak At Chemical Plant In Visakhapatnam

At least 11 people, including a child, died and over 1,000 are sick with up 25 people who are in critical after gas leaked overnight from an LG Polymers Chemical plant located near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

11 Dead, Over 1000 Sick, 25 Critical After Gas Leak At Chemical Plant In Visakhapatnam
11 Dead, Over 1000 Sick, 25 Critical After Gas Leak At Chemical Plant In Visakhapatnam

At least 11 people including a child died and over 1,000 are sick with 25 critical after gas leaked overnight at a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam, the state government reported. Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government has framed a committee headed by the Chief Secretary to probe the styrene synthetic gas leak at LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd.

More than 1000 people were admitted to hospitals. Fire engines, ambulances, and policemen rushed to the chemical plant in order to save the people. Up to thousands of people were evacuated from the nearby villages, officials said.

At least three surrounding villages were evacuated and officials went house-to-house, breaking in to pull out unconscious victims, officials stated.

People residing close to the chemical gas plant of LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd in the region's RR Venkatapuram, reported of burning sensation in their eyes and trouble in breathing, they were promptly taken to the clinic, officials said.

Indian Navy groups with around 50 breathing sets and related versatile air blower hurried to support the villagers. The Indian Navy also gave five Portable Multifeed Oxygen Manifolds sets to the King George Hospital to help the clinical organization in tendering the villagers influenced because of the gas leak.

The leakage of styrene gas, which causes nausea, dizziness, and sickness, occurred at an early stage Thursday when the plant was planning to resume production later today after relaxation in Covid-19 lockdown limitations.

The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation requested the people to stay indoors and tweeted on Thursday morning, "There is gas leakage identified at LG Polymers in Gopalpatnam. Urging residents around these locations not to come out of houses for the sake of safety precautions."

President Ram Nath Kovind along with PM Modi and other leaders expressed their condolences over the disaster that has killed up to 11 people and made thousands sick.

I am is praying for everyone's safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam says, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Spoke to officials of MHA and NDMA regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely. I pray for everyone's safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam," PM tweeted.

Very soon Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a meeting with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) officials on Thursday regarding the toxic gas leak accident in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi paid his condolences on this disaster and tweeted "I'm shocked to hear about the  #VizagGasLeak. I urge our Congress workers & leaders in the area to provide all necessary support & assistance to those affected. My condolences to the families of those who have perished. I pray that those hospitalized make a speedy recovery."

The plant which was been operated by LG Polymers was situated in the edges of Visakhapatnam. The city and the encompassing region were home to around 5,000,000 individuals. The plant was closed from March because of the coronavirus lockdown.

The nearby locals informed the authorities around 3.30 am today about the nearness of gas noticeable all around in the air.

Srijana Gummalla, Commissioner, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation then stated on Twitter, "At that time many individuals have breathed in it and either fell oblivious or having breathing issues."

Established in 1961 as Hindustan Polymers, the Plant was taken over by South Korea's LG Chem and renamed as LG Polymers India in 1997. The plant makes polystyrene and expandable polystyrene, a flexible plastic used to make a wide assortment of shopper items like toys and machines.