Massive Gas Leak At Visakhapatnam: 5000 Sick, 10 Dead As Gas Leaked From LG Polymers Factory
On Thursday early morning, eight persons, including two senior citizens and an 8-year-old girl, died and over 5,000 people fell sick after an alleged gas leak from a chemical plant in Vizag, as per the reports.
How Did This Happen?
According to the reports, the leakage happened around 3am at LG Polymers industry at RR Venkatapuram near the Naiduthota area close to Gopalapatnam.
Further, the incident led to panic among locals in the 3km-radius area.
Also, many people were seen lying unconscious on roads while some faced breathing difficulties.
Apart from that, people also complained of rashes on their body and soar eyes.
Once matter came to light, the local police rushed to the area and launched an evacuation of the locals.
Why Did This Happen?
So far, the exact cause of the incident is yet to be identified.
Soon, Vizag district collector V Vinay Chand rushed to the spot and he is monitoring the situation.
Who Got Affected?
For the People, who were facing breathing problems are being provided with oxygen support, said the collector.
Also, hundreds of people were admitted to private and government hospitals with the help of police and locals.
Over 128 people from Venkatapuram and the surrounding areas were shifted to KG Hospital by the district administration.
98 persons out of the 128 in the KGH have recovered and ten people are facing breathing problems.
According to the doctors, the death toll may not increase in the KGH.
What About The Rescue Operation?
Currently, NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed in the area and rescue operation is underway.
Also, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is scheduled to visit the city and take stock of the situation.
In Vizag, the LG Polymers industry was established in 1961 as Hindustan Polymers for manufacturing polystyrene and its co-polymers.
Further, it was merged with Mc Dowell & Company Limited of UB Group in 1978.
Gopalapatnam circle inspector Ramanayya said that they found 50 people on the roads in an unconscious state and reaching the area has become very difficult.
Also, cops are appealing to people to come out of their houses and go to safer places.
Apart from this, the Visakha West assembly constituency MLA P Ganababu alerted his cadres for the rescue operations and also urged that people of the city should not come towards Gopalapatnam as the gas leakage was causing breathing and other problems.