At least ten people, including two children, have died while about 300 are hospitalized after a gas leakage from LG Polymers chemical plant in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh.
The Vizag factory was trying to open post lockdown when the incident occurred, DG NDRF told media. Several people were taken to the hospital after they complained of a burning sensation in their eyes and breathing difficulties.
As per reports, the leakage happened around 3 am at LG Polymers industry at RR Venkatapuram near the Naiduthota area close to Gopalapatnam.
Soon after the matter came to light, local police rushed to the area and launched evacuation of the locals.
Locals also reported of throat, skin irritation due to some toxic infection, reported ANI.
“Upon hearing these reports, police and local administration came into action. About 1000-1500 people have been evacuated, of which more than 800 people have been taken to hospital,” SN Pradhan, NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) DG said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Union home ministry and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to take stock of the situation in Vizag.
Modi has also called for a meeting of the NDMA, in wake of the situation in Visakhapatnam.
Train movements have also been stopped near Vishakapatnam due to the gas leakage from the plant.
Rescue operations are underway. Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is also scheduled to visit the city and take stock of the situation.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced Rs 1 crore compensation for each family which faced a casualty due to the Vizag gas leak.
The Andhra Pradesh government will be providing Rs 25,000 to those who received primary care treatment due to the Vizag gas leak. Those who received 2-3 days of treatment will get Rs 1 lakh, and those on ventilator support to be given Rs 10 lakh.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered a detailed inquiry into the gas leak. Special CS, Secretary Industries, Secretary PCB, Collector, CP will be in the team.