11 including child dead and many taken ill after chemical gas leak in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizag


In a chilling development, at least 11 people including a child were feared dead and many taken ill following a chemical gas leak in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Around 1,000 people had to be hospitalised.

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According to local media reports, the chemical gas leak took place at the gas plant of LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd in the district’s village RR Venkatapuram. Residents near the plant complained of burning sensation in their eyes and difficulty in breathing.  They were immediately rushed to a local hospital.

A tweet by Visakhapatnam civic body read, “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.”

Over 200 people have been hospitalised till now. IAS Officer Srijana Gummalla, the administrative head of Great Visakhapatnam, tweeted, “Reports of 5 deaths received. Will have to verify the same.@GVMC_OFFICIAL is trying to subside the effect by blowing water through most blowers and public address systems have been pressed into service asking them to use masks (after wetting them in water).”

The company was established in 1961 as “Hindustan Polymers” for manufacturing Polystyrene and its Co-polymers at Visakhapatnam, India before it merged with McDowell & Co. Ltd. of UB Group in 1978. It was taken over by LG Chem (South Korea), Hindustan Polymers was renamed as LG Polymers India Private Limited (LGPI) in July, 1997.

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