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Vizag Gas Leak Updates: 11 Dead, 1,000 Reportedly Sick, FIR Against LG Polymers
The first call reaching gas in the air went to the police at 3.30 am. When teams came, they found it finicky to breathe or see precisely.
After A Gas Leak In Andhra Plant, 8 Reportedly Dead, 200 In Hospital
New Delhi: A chemical plant, of a multinational firm, Andhra Plant in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh, eleven people including a child reportedly died after toxic gas leaked. More than 800 people are admitted to the hospital. Officials said Ambulances, fire engines, and policemen have reached the chemical plant.
Residents in the district's village RR Venkatapuram, near the chemical gas plant of LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd, informed of burning sensation in their eyes and trouble in breathing, officials said. They were immediately taken to hospital, they said.
Here Are The Top Updates:
1. The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation tweeted, "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."
2. The first call reaching gas in the air went to the police at 3.30 am. When teams came, they found it finicky to breathe or see precisely.
3. 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.
4. Mobile videos taken by rescuers show nearly 10 people lying on the ground. It's not clear whether they were unconscious or the casualties would rise.
5. In one of the mobile videos, a woman standing near a scooter suddenly collapses on the pavement.
6. "It was left there because of the lockdown. It led to a chemical reaction and heat was produced inside the tanks, and the gas leaked because of that," the officer told News Agency AFP.
7. The company was taken over by South Korea's LG Chem and renamed as LG Polymers India in 1997, Set up in 1961 as Hindustan Polymers. The plant makes polystyrene and expandable polystyrene, a versatile plastic used to make a wide variety of consumer products like toys and apparatuses.
8. Two people were so lofty that they fell into a well and crumbled to death. Two more died when their two-wheeler fell into a ditch. One woman fell off the second floor of her building. In one mobile video, a woman standing near a scooter suddenly collapsed on the pavement.
9. The incident is being compared by many to the 1984 Bhopal Gas leak, one of the worst industrial catastrophes in history when gas leaked from a pesticide plant operated by Union Carbide. Around 3,500 people died. Government statistics say at least one lakh people continue to suffer chronic illnesses.
10. The gas drooled from huge tanks that had been unattended due to India's coronavirus lockdown in place since late March, ACP Swarupa Rani, told news agency AFP.