At least 8 people lost their lives in Andhra Pradesh after chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village of Visakhapatnam. Hundreds were reported sick after the incident. According to reports, the gas leak has affected nearly 20 nearby villages.
Poisonous styrene gas leaked from the plant during the early hours of the morning, when families in the surrounding villages were asleep, news agency Reuters reported.
In the wake of the situation in Visakhapatnam, PM Modi also called for a meeting of the National Disaster Response Force (NDMA).
Here’s what we know about the Andhra chemical gas leak incident so far:
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and said that the situation in Visakhapatnam is being closely monitored. He prayed for the safety and well-being of the people there.
– “Spoke to officials of MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) and NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam,” PM Modi 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,” said Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
After gas leakage was reported in the factory, lockdown procedure was initiated immediately. Local admin was informed. Gas was neutralized to harmless liquid form. But, little gas escaped factory premises&affected people in nearby areas: Andhra Pradesh Min MG Reddy. #VizagGasLeak pic.twitter.com/hTuXP9ejd0
— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2020
– Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the district officials to take every possible step to save lives and bring the situation under control. Reddy will leave for Visakhapatnam and visit King George Hospital where the affected are being treated.
– PM Modi has also spoken to Andhra Pradesh CM regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam and has assured all help and support.
– President Ram Nath Kovind expressed sadness on the incident. “Saddened by the news of gas leak in a plant near Visakhapatnam which has claimed several lives. My condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the recovery of the injured and the safety of all,” he said.
– A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was pressed into service to evacuate people from the nearby colonies. Fire tenders from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd were trying to reduce the impact of the gas using water. 80 to 90 percent evacuation is completed, NDRF DG told news agency ANI.
– Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and expressed grief over the incident. “Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in Vishakhapatnam because of the the gas leak. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones. I pray for everyone’s well being,” his tweet read.
At least eight people have been killed in the incident. Thousands of others were reported to have fallen sick after inhaling poisonous styrene gas leaked from a chemical factory in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam district in the early hours of Thursday.
The incident happened at around 3 am at LG Polymers Ltd at Gopalapatnam. People in the nearby colonies were fast asleep when the incident took place.
A large number of people, mostly children and old people, are learnt to have fainted within their homes, assistant commissioner of police Swaroopa Rani said. Hundreds were moved to safer places. Those who fell sick were rushed to King George Hospital and some other private hospitals.
The LG polymers company was making arrangements for reopening the plant from Thursday (May 7), after more than 40 days of closure.