Vizag gas leak highlights: 11 dead, criminal case against plant management

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Andhra Pradesh CM meets Vizag gas leak injured. (Source: CMO AP)
Vizag Gas Leak update: At least 11 people, including a minor, are reported to have died following a leakage of styrene gas at LG Polymers' Vizag plant in the early hours of Thursday. According to reports another 1,000 people reported sick after the gas spread in five villages within a three-km radius of the plant. Close to 200 people were rushed to hospitals for treatment after complaining of breathing difficulties and burning sensation in their eyes, according to early reports .

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "closely monitoring" the situation in Visakhapatnam and had spoken to officials in the Home Ministry and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). PM Modi also held a meeting of the NDMA  to take stock of the situation. 

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Chilling scenes bring back memories of Bhopal tragedy

Heart-wrenching scenes of anxious parents carrying their wards in arms, health workers scrambling to help the affected and fleeing residents were witnessed on Thursday as the enormity of the situation forced them to ignore social distancing and other precautions against coronavirus.
 
Many collapsed on roads and kerbs trying to flee from the affected areas in a five km radius, bringing back grim memories of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

AITUC demands inquiry into Vizag gas leak, compensation for victims

The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) on Thursday demanded an inquiry into the Vishakhapatnam gas leak and stringent action against the guilty.
 
The union also demanded compensation for victims of the accident. 

NGT to take up Vizag gas leak case on Friday

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday took cognisance on its own about the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident killing at least 11 people and impacting about 1,000, many collapsing to the ground as they tried to escape the toxic vapours.
 
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel will take up on Friday the matter titled "In re: Gas Leak at LG Polymers Chemical Plant in RR Venkatapuram Village Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh".
 

After Vizag gas leak, Centre asks chemical firms to exercise caution when reopening plants

After deadly styrene gas leak in Visakhapatnam, Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Thursday urged all public and private chemical makers to exercise caution and care while reopening their plants.

Vizag gas leak: Company would be asked to explain, says AP Industries Minister

Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister M Goutham Reddy on Thursday said the state government is airlifting 500 kg of inhibitors as a foolproof safety measure to neutralize the chemical substances in the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident.
 

Immediately evacuate everyone from impact zone of styrene gas leak: environmentalists

Environmentalists have advised that there must be immediate evacuation of everyone from areas in proximity to the factory in Vishakhapatnam where a styrene gas leak took place as the chemical is highly toxic and causes severe health impact both in the short and long terms.
 
Sunita Narain, director general at the Centre for Science, said styrene can be more dangerous if it reacts with oxygen in the air and converts into Styrene di-oxide.

Prez, political parties condole loss of lives in gas leak tragedy; Modi assures all help

The early morning gas leak tragedy in Visakhapatnam on Thursday shocked the country with the president, vice president and the prime minister besides different political parties condoling the loss of lives and calling for providing all possible help to the affected people.
 
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed their sadness over the incident, which left at least 11 persons dead and exposed over 1,000 people living in the affected region to styrene vapour leaking from a chemical plant, and offered prayers for an early recovery of the injured.

Vizag gas leak: Police registers criminal case against plant management

The management of a chemical plant near here where a gas leak left 11 people dead and hundreds hospitalised on Thursday was booked on charges including culpable homicide not amounting to murder and causing death by negligence police said. In a related development, the Andhra Pradesh High Court took cognizance of the styrene gas leak and issued notices to the state and the Central governments, while observing how such a plant was allowed to operate in the midst of human habitations. Hours after the fatal early morning leak, the Gopalapatnam police registered the case against the management of the LG Polymers Ltd under Indian Penal Code sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life and personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt).

Boiler explosion in NLC India's thermal power plant injures eight workers

A boiler explosion in NLC India's thermal power plant in Neyveli injured 8 workers on Thursday evening. This comes on the same day when a gas leak at a polymer factory in Vizag claimed the lives of 11 people and created panic in the region. According to sources, the incident occurred in the Unit 6 boiler of NLC India's second thermal power station on Thursday at 5 pm. The pressure build-up inside the boiler resulted in a fire ball for just a few seconds, affecting the feeding conveyor. Eight people, who were working in the area, were injured and were taken to NLC's hospital and later shifted to Kauvery Hospital in Trichy. Read More

Immediately evacuate everyone from impact zone of styrene gas leak: environmentalists

Environmentalists have advised that there must be immediate evacuation of everyone from areas in proximity to the factory in Vishakhapatnam where a styrene gas leak took place as the chemical is highly toxic and causes severe health impact both in the short and long terms. Sunita Narain, director general at the Centre for Science, said styrene can be more dangerous if it reacts with oxygen in the air and converts into Styrene di-oxide. She said evacuation of people is needed and advised them to wear wet masks to protect themselves. According to India's Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules 1989, styrene is classified as a 'hazardous and toxic chemical'.

Tendulkar,Kohli express anguish over Vizag tragedy

Famous personalities from cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and India captain Virat Kohli to those from the film world expressed their anguish over the gas leak incident here that killed 11 people and left hundreds ill on Thursday, through their respective twitter accounts. "Visuals coming out of Vizag are heartbreaking. Praying for the quick recovery of the people who have been impacted by the gas leak and my deepest condolences with the families who have lost their loved ones," batting great Sachin Tendulkar tweeted. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli tweeted: "My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the #VizagGasLeak. Praying for everyone affected and recovering in the hospital."

Shocked and saddened over gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam: South Korea

South Korea on Thursday expressed shock and grief over the gas leak incident at a Visakhapatnam-based chemical plant owned by South Korean petrochemicals giant LG Chem Ltd, calling it "highly unfortunate". At least 11 people were killed and around 1,000 fell sick after toxic styrene gas leaked from the the LG Polymers chemical plant in R R Venkatapuram village in Vishakapatnam in the early hours. "I am shocked and saddened by the news of the accident that occurred at the LG Polymers Plant in Venkatapuram that caused loss of valuable lives and many falling ill," South Korean Ambassador Shin Bong-kil said. "This was a highly unfortunate incident and our deepest condolences go out to those affected by this tragic event. We pray for the speedy recovery of those who have been taken ill," he said in a brief statement.

I hope and pray for the safety of the people: Irrfan Pathan

Horrific scenes coming from Visakhapatnam I hope and pray for the safety of the people there.

Vizag Gas Tragedy reminds us of Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Prashant Bhushan

Vizag Gas Tragedy reminds us of Bhopal Gas Tragedy, though it is not as serious. Why should such a hazardous plant be allowed near a crowded residential area? Does the Ministry of Environment have no responsibility?

Glitch in regfrigeration unit led to gas leak: Official

A technical glitch in the refrigeration unit attached to the two styrene tanks at a chemical plant near here caused the vapour leak that killed 11 people and affected around 1,000 on Thursday, a senior district official said quoting a preliminary report. The leak at the LG Polymers Limited was so intense that a "only around 9.30 am could we understand what exactly it was as the thick fog that formed in the area cleared," District Collector V Vinay Chand said. "Styrene monomer is normally in a liquid state and is safe below a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. But, because of the malfunctioning of the refrigeration unit, the chemical started gasifying," he said, quoting the preliminary report submitted by the Factories Department.

Prez, political parties condole loss of lives in gas leak tragedy; Modi assures all help

The early morning gas leak tragedy in Visakhapatnam on Thursday shocked the country with the president, vice president and the prime minister besides different political parties condoling the loss of lives and calling for providing all possible help to the affected people. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed their sadness over the incident, which left at least 11 persons dead and exposed over 1,000 people living in the affected region to styrene vapour leaking from a chemical plant, and offered prayers for an early recovery of the injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation by speaking to officials concerned and assured all possible assistance to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Raj CM Gehlot, Dy CM Pilot express grief over Vizag gas leak tragedy

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Thursday expressed grief over the Visakhapatnam gas leak tragedy early on the day that killed at least 11 persons and affected over 1,000 people, leaving them gasping for breath. "Shocked to know about the terrible Vizag gas leak tragedy. My condolences to the bereaved families, who lost their loved ones. May God give them strength to bear this loss. Prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured," Gehlot said. Deputy Chief Minister Pilot called the incident sad and unfortunate. "It is very sad and unfortunate that many people died in an accident caused by the poisonous gas leaking from the factory of a multinational company in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh," Pilot said.

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Israel expresses 'deepest sympathies' to families of victims of Vizag gas leak

Israel on Thursday expressed its "deepest sympathies" to the families of the victims of the gas leak tragedy in Visakhapatnam and prayed for the early recovery of those affected. "I send my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the #VizaGasLeak and wish a speedy recovery to those injured," Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in a tweet. "The thoughts and prayers of the people of Israel are with the people of #Visakhapatnam as well as @DrSJaishankar and @AdhraPradeshCM at this time," Katz added.

Boiler explosion at Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Cuddalore

Boiler explosion at Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Cuddalore. Initial reports suggest 7 people have been injured in the boiler explosion, reports Times Now. 

PM discussed measures being taken for the safety of affected people: MHA

PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting today morning to take stock of the steps being taken in response to the #VizagGasLeak incident. He discussed at length the measures being taken for the safety of affected people as well as for securing the site affected by the disaster: MHA

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Heart breaking to see the visuals of Vizag gas leak: Ram Charan

Heart breaking to see the visuals of #VizagGasLeak. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who are no more. I hope all necessary measures are taken to make sure the affected people recover at the earliest. My thoughts and prayers with the people of Vizag.

The loss of lives is always sad and my condolences to the bereaved families: Ravindra Jadeja

The loss of lives is always sad and my condolences to the bereaved families. May god give you strength and I pray for the well being of everyone in the hospital.

Vizag gas leak: Guj govt to send chemical used as neutraliser

A specialised chemical called PTBC, made only in Vapi town of Gujarat, will be sent to Visakhapatnam on an urgent basis to help in neutralising the effects of gas leak at a polymer plant there, a Gujarat government official said on Thursday. A major leak from a chemical plant of LG Polymers near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in the wee hours of Thursday impacted villages within a five-km radius, leaving eight people dead and scores of citizens complaining of breathlessness, nausea and other problems. Para-tertiary butyl catechol or PTBC is currently being used in Visakhapatnam to neutralise the effect of the gas leak, said Ashwani Kumar, secretary in the Gujarat chief minister's office.

Plant produced stuff used to make disposable plastic cutlery

LG Polymers India, the company behind the deadly styrene gas leak in Visakhapatnam that left at least nine dead and hundreds hospitalised, is a subsidiary of leading South Korean chemical firm LG Chem that had entered India in 1997 through the acquisition of a local company. The Vizag plant manufactures polystyrene (PS) that finds wide utility in the food-service industry as rigid trays and containers, disposable utensils, and foamed cups, plates and bowls. The company, according to its website, was established in 1961 as 'Hindustan Polymers' by the Shriram Group for manufacturing PS and its co-polymers at Visakhapatnam. It got merged with MC Dowell & Co Ltd of UB Group in 1978.

Vizag gas leak: All you need to know

11 persons, including one child, have died after chemical gas leakage of styrene gas at LG Polymers industry in Visakhapatnam this morning. 1,000 people were reported sick after the gas spread in five villages within a three-km radius of the plant at around 3.30am. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was 'closely monitoring' the situation in Visakhapatnam and had spoken to officials in the Union home ministry and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).  Read More

Naidu writes to Piyush Goyal for medical care for people of Vizag

Wrote to Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal Ji on various issues pertaining to the #VizagGasLeak including bringing in specialists from India & abroad to deliver expert medical care to residents of Visakhapatnam.\: N Chandrababu Naidu 

In Pics | Andhra CM meets with injured in the gas leak

Andhra Pradesh CM meets Vizag gas leak injured. (Source: CMO AP)
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy met with injured in the hospital. (CMO AP)
An ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore each to be given to the families of the deceased in the Vizag gas leakage incident.

Gas leak in Chhattisgarh, seven workers admitted

Seven workers of a Paper Mill hospitalised after being exposed to a gas leak reportedly while cleaning a tank in the mill, 3 of them are in critical condition. Raigarh Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh & Collector Yashwant Kumar met those who were affected by gas leak at a paper mill in the district. SP says, "Owner of the mill tried to hide the incident from us & did not inform police. A case will be registered". 

Death toll in Vizag gas leak at 11

As of now 11 people have lost their lives due to the gas leak, he said at a hurriedly convened press conference here. Member of the National Disaster Management Authority Kamal Kishore said that about 1,000 people living in nearby areas of the factory have been exposed to the gas leak. Pradhan said 500 people belonging to 200-250 families living in 3 km radius have been evacuated to the safer places.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear accidents team is flying in from Pune

A team with expertise in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear accidents is flying in from Pune; specialized medical support is being mobilized to help medical practitioners in the area deal with the situation. 

Watch | Search and evacuation by NDRF in Vizag

Ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore to be given to the families of the deceased: AP CM

An ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore each to be given to the families of the deceased in the  Vizag gas leakage incident. Ex gratia of Rs 10 lakhs to be given to those on ventilator: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy

Vizag gas leak: What is Styrene that leaked in LG Polymers' plant?

At least 11 people died after a leak in a chemical factory in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. The toxic gas, Styrene, injured over 1000 people after they inhaled it once it mixed in the air following the leak around 2.30 am. Following the leak, the area has been vacated and over 250 families have been evacuated. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that a specialized Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBRN) team is being flown from Pune to assist the local teams in defusing the situation and that the leaking silos are at its minimum. What is Styrene gas?

Gas leak disrupts train services, at least nine Shramik Specials affected

The gas leak from a chemical factory in Visakhapatnam on Thursday disrupted the movement of around 45 trains - nine Shramik Specials and the rest goods carriers - as rail workers suffering from irritation in their eyes and breathlessness halted work. Train services came to a halt at the Simhachalam North Railway Station (SCMN) in Visakhapatnam, near the chemical factory, between 8:35 hours and 12:00 hours, leading to several trains being stranded and prompting authorities to divert some others. Passenger train services are suspended in the country due to the ongoing lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. But the railways has been operating a few Shramik Specials to ferry migrant labourers, students and pilgrims stranded due to the lockdown, besides goods trains.

Yediyurappa expresses grief, asks industries in Karnatkaa to take precautions

Citing the gas leak tragedy in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday asked managements of industries in the state restarting operations after COVID-19 lockdown to ensure all safety measures are in place. Expressing grief over the incident, which left eight people dead and over 100 hospitalised after styrene gas leaked at a polymer plant in Visakhapatnam early Thursday, he said it was unfortunate and such mishaps should not recur anywhere. In series of tweets, he said in the backdrop of the accident in Vishkhapatnam, managements restarting their industries in Karnataka after two months have to take this as a lesson of caution. "I appeal that production be started after ensuring all safety precautionary measures," the Chief Minister said.

Cine personalities express shock, pray for speedy recovery of affected

Indian film personalities such as R Madhavan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rakul Preet Singh, SS Rajamouli and others on Thursday expressed dismay after at least 11 people died and 1,000 others were exposed to the gas leak tragedy at a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam. The tragedy, which took place in the early hours of Thursday, comes at a time when the country is reeling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The gas leak impacted villages within a 5-km radius of the plant, according to officials. Taking to Twitter, Madhavan said he is praying for the safety of those exposed to the leak. "I hope the sick ones recover soon," he added. Ayushmann said he is "extremely saddened" to hear about the gas leak.

LG Polymer: What India should know about the company behind Vizag gas leak

LG Polymers, the company behind the deadly styrene gas leak that left many dead and hundreds injured on Thursday, is a subsidiary of LG Chemicals, which in turn is part of South Korea’s LG group. The company’s Vizag plant manufactures plastics and plastic compounds like polystyrene, expandable polystyrene, and enhanced plastic compounds. LG Chemicals had taken over erstwhile Hindustan Polymers in 1997 to enter this lucrative business in India. Nearly two decades earlier, Hindustan Polymers, a company founded in 1962 by the Shriram group, had been taken over by the United Breweries group in 1978. Read More

High exposure to styrene can lead to a coma

The Styrene gas affects the central nervous system, throat, skin, eyes, and some other parts of the body. It is a highly flammable and releases a poisonous gas when burnt. The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) said that the gas is an alkaline benzene compound which leads to nauseousness upon exposure, it affects brain functions. In high exposure, it can lead to a coma.

500 kg of PTBC chemical will be airlifted for neutralizing the gas leakage

500 kg of Para-tertiary butyl catechol (PTBC) chemical will be airlifted from Daman by Andhra Pradesh govt for neutralizing the gas leakage in Visakhapatnam plant: Ashwani Kumar, Secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani

In Pics | Vizag gas leak leave behind horrific scenes

An affected woman on a wheelchair being taken for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam. Photo: PTI\
Affected people being treated at a hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam. Photo: PTI
An affected woman being taken for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam. Photo: PTI

CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reaches hospital

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy meets those hospitalized at King George hospital.

The intensity of the leak has fallen in time: NDRF

The styrene gas is heavier than air and comes down on spraying of water, which has been done. The impact has come down, however, the exact amount of leakage is a matter of investigation. However, the intensity has come down and the impact remains for seven to eight hours.  

Chances of long term impact are less: AIIMS

Chances of long term impact of gas on humans is less, as the compound leaves the body in some time. It is an acute exposure not chronic in nature: AIIMS

There is no definite anti dote for reversing the effects of the gas: AIIMS

Styrene is an alkaline benzene compund leads to nauseousness, and affects brain functions. In high exposure can cause coma. On skin it leads to some degree of dermitisis.  There is no definite anti dote for reversing the effects of the gas. 

Leakage situation is under control and the silos are down to minimal: NDRF DG

* The NDRF team helped in neutralising the leak and helped in evacuation from the area. Door to door search was conducted by NDRF and 250 families were evacuated from the proximity area. The teams were suited and went into the premises and recovered people including women and children. More than 500 persons were evacuated from the area. The teams will stay back until the situation is under control. 
 
* The death toll stands at 9, some people are critical and pothers have been given required treatment. NDRF will assist the local administration until it is required. An expert team will fly from Pune, the specialised team Chemical, Biological, Radiological team will be deployed. The leakage situation is under control and the silos are down to minimal. 

Leakage situation is under control and the silos are down to minimal: NDRF DG

* The NDRF team helped in neutralising the leak and helped in evacuation from the area. Door to door search was conducted by NDRF and 250 families were evacuated from the proximity area. The teams were suited and went into the premises and recovered people including women and children. More than 500 persons were evacuated from the area. The teams will stay back until the situation is under control. 
 
* The death toll stands at 9, some people are critical and pothers have been given required treatment. NDRF will assist the local administration until it is required. An expert team will fly from Pune, the specialised team Chemical, Biological, Radiological team will be deployed. The leakage situation is under control and the silos are down to minimal. 

Central govt is mobilizing the CBRN team from Pune: NDMA

The gas is called styrine, it's toxic and injurious to human health. So far we know that 9 people have lost their lives and 1000 people have been exposed and have been evacuated. 
 
* PM Modi took stock of the situation on the ground and the response. The response requires expertise on chemical sides, evacuation. After that, the National Crisis Management Committee met and have designed steps to contain the leak. 
 
* The NDRF team has a minimum capacity to deal with chemical incidents and CBRN teams have been deployed. Central govt is mobilizing the CBRN team from Pune, which will fly to the incident site and provide technical support. 
 
* We are also mobilizing a specialized technical support to assist healthcare workers. 
 

Gas leak at Vizag plant under control: LG Chem

The gas leak at the Visakhapatnam polymers plant that killed at least eight people is now under control, the units' South Korean parent firm LG Chem said on Thursday. LG Chem, which operates the plant, said it is cooperating with Indian authorities to help residents and employees. "The gas leakage is now under control, but the leaked gas can cause nausea and dizziness, so we are investing every effort to ensure proper treatment is provided swiftly," LG Chem said in a statement. The firm is looking into what caused the leak of styrene monomer gas, which is used for producing plastic.

Chandrababu Naidu seeks PMO's permission for air travel from H'bad to Vizag

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday requested the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to allow him to travel by flight from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam to help people affected due to the gas leak from a chemical plant. The request comes at a time when all domestic and international flights, except cargo and those engaged in essential and emergency services, are suspended due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown. The former Andhra Pradesh chief minister said a "great misfortune" has befallen the people of Visakhapatnam due to styrene gas leakage from LG Polymers. Naidu said he is obliged to visit the district as a former chief minister and as the leader of the opposition in the state assembly.

Watch | Govt's briefing on Vizag gas leak

High level experts team to leave for Vizag today

Principal Secretary to PM Dr. PK Mishra held a high-level review meeting with Cabinet Secy, Home Secy , NDMA, NDRF, Director AIIMS and medical experts.  He directed to send team of experts to Visakhapatnam and also measures for relief, rescue and short term as well as long term medical impact. Detailed press briefing on it to be held at National Media Centre in Delhi at 2.15 pm today.

Indian Navy sends 5 more Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifolds sets

Provided 5 more Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifolds sets to King George Hospital. Technical teams from Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam are at KGH to assist in quick installation to provide Oxygen to large number of patients this morning. The Portable Multifeed Oxygen Manifold system was designed to enable one jumbo size Oxygen Bottle to supply Oxygen to six patients concurrently for COVID-19 Pandemic. 25 such sets were provided to District Administration for use in COVID Designated hospitals earlier: Indian Navy
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I thought I'll die: Vizag gas leak survivor

"I thought I would die. I don't know how I survived." This was how a gas leak survivor in Visakhapatnam shared her experience.
 
"Nobody knew what was happening and all were running to save themselves," said the woman undergoing treatment at King George Hospital (KGH), where most of the gas victims were brought for treatment.
 
She said she and her children woke up as they felt difficulty in breathing. "There was utter confusion. We saw people running and we too rushed out," said the woman, who got separated from her two children in the melee.

Virat Kohli extends condolences to families affected in Vizag gas leak

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday extended condolences to the families affected in the Vizag gas leak incident.
 
Kohli took to Twitter and wrote: "My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the #VizagGasLeak. Praying for everyone affected and recovering in the hospital."

Rahul Gandhi urges party leaders in the area to assist the affected people

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged party leaders in the area to assist the affected people. “My condolences to the families of those who have perished. I pray that those hospitalised make a speedy recovery,” he said on Twitter.


Vizag gas leak cases: Andhra Pradesh government provides helpline numbers

People can get in touch with deputy director S Prasada Rao on his mobile numbers 7997952301 and 891923934, and another officer R Brahma on 9701197069: IT and industries minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy

Vizag gas leak: What is the cause of the gas leak?

The leak is suspected to have been from large tanks left unattended because of the nationwide lockdown to fight Covid-19, as per news reports. “Our initial information is that workers were checking a gas storage tank when it started leaking. Only a thorough investigation will reveal what exactly happened,” Industries Minister M Goutham Reddy said.

Vizag gas leak LIVE: Stagnation due to lockdown could have caused leak, says LG Polymers

An official of LG Polymers issued a statement that there was 1800 tonnes of styrene in the storage tank. He said that due to stagnation and changes in temperature it could have resulted in auto polymerization which could have caused vapourisation. “We are investigating the incident. Right now there is no leak as it has been contained. We will observe the facility for another four hours and give an all clear after a thorough inspection,” he said.

Vizag gas leak tragedy: About LG Polymers

The LG Polymers was established in 1961 as Hindustan Polymers for manufacturing polystyrene and its co-polymers in Vizag. It was merged with McDowell &Co of the UB Group in 1978 and was taken over by South Korea-based LG Chem in 1997 which renamed it as LG Polymers. The factory manufactures general-purpose polystyrene and high impact polystyrene, expandable polystyrene, and engineering plastics compounds.

Andhra Pradesh gas leak tragedy: Where did the gas leak take place?

The gas leak happened at the LG Polymer plant at Gopalapatnam on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam. Workers were preparing for the reopening of the plant today when gas started leaking in the early hours. An FIR has been registered against LG Polymers and an inquiry has been ordered.

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa "saddened" over gas leak incident in Vizag

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday expressed sadness over the gas leak incident at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and said his thoughts and prayers are with the families affected.
 
"Extremely saddened by the incident in Visakhapatnam. My thoughts and prayers are with the families affected. @AndhraPradeshCM," Yediyurappa tweeted.

Vizag gas leak: Spread of poisonous vapours depends on wind speed, officials say

The spread of styrene monomer vapours in the air depends on the wind speed and currently personnel are working to neutralise the air with chemicals such as 4-tert-Butylcatechol (TBC), a senior official of the Department of Factories said on Thursday.

Company managing this has to be responsible for Vizag gas leak mishap: Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister MG Reddy

Company managing this has to be responsible for Vizag gas leak mishap. They'll have to come & explain us exactly what all protocols were followed, and what all were not followed. Accordingly, criminal action will be taken against them: Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister MG Reddy
 

Gas leak is an accident. They were strictly following all protocols: Andhra Pradesh DGP

Gas leak is an accident. They were strictly following all protocols. Investigation under way. Forensic teams are also being sent to the spot: Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang

TDP demands probe into gas leak incident, asks Centre to shut polymer unit

Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday demanded a probe into the gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam and asked the Centre to immediately shut down the chemical plant from where styrene vapour leaked.

PM Modi calls for a meeting of the NDMA

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSAndhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy leaves for Visakhapatnam

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy leaves for Visakhapatnam. He will be visiting King George Hospital where the affected persons are being treated.
 

Vizag gas leak: Chilling scenes bring back memories of Bhopal gas tragedy

Unconscious children being carried by parents in their arms, people laying on roads, health workers scrambling to attend to those affected by the styrene vapour leak and residents fleeing were some of the scenes that played out near here on Thursday, bringing back grim memories of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.
 
The leak of styrene, a chemical used to make synthetic rubber and resins, among others, occurred in the wee hours of Thursday while people were still fast asleep.
 
Women and children were seen lying on roads struggling to breath, reminiscent of the infamous Bhopal gas tragedy when a leak from the Union Carbide plant left around 3,500 dead and many maimed. Read on...

Vizag gas leak: Civic body tells residents to stay indoors, use wet cloth as mask

The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation has asked people staying near the chemical plant where a gas leak took place in the wee hours to stay indoors and use a wet cloth to cover their nose and mouth.
 
"There is (a) 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," the GVMC said in a tweet.

BJP president JP Nadda condoles deaths in Visakhapatnam mishap, urges party workers to provide relief to affected

Bharatiya Janata Party national President JP Nadda on Thursday expressed grief over the deaths in the Visakhapatnam gas leak mishap and called on party workers to provide all possible relief to the affected in coordination with the administration.

 

Vizag Gas Leak: LG Polymers Factory in Andhra Pradesh

LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd manufactures expandable polystyrene. Widely used for electrical and electronics packaging, cold storage, boxes for agricultural and fishery products, construction, pattern casting, insulation boards and Disposables. It also manufactures engineering plastic which is lighter yet stronger than general plastics. Thus, it is used as an industrial raw material for automobiles and electronic parts

Vizag gas tragedy: What is Styrene gas?

Styrene is a flammable liquid that is used to make polystyrene plastics, fiberglass, rubber, and latex. It occurs naturally in some fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and beverages. Styrene is used to make: Insulation. 
 
Styrene, also known as ethenylbenzene, vinylbenzene, and phenylethene, is an organic compound with the chemical formula C6H5CH=CH2. 
 
This derivative of benzene is a colorless oily liquid although aged samples can appear yellowish. 
 
The compound evaporates easily and has a sweet smell, although high concentrations have a less pleasant odor.

Right now gas has been neutralised, says Andhra Pradesh DGP

Right now gas has been neutralised. One of the antidote is drinking a lot of water. Around 800 were shifted to hospital, many have been discharged. Investigation will be carried out to see how this happened: Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang

Vizag gas tragedy: Former Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu will visit Vizag at around 1.30pm

Former Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu will visit Vizag at around 1.30pm after getting permission from the government
 

Vizag gas leak: Andhra Pradesh CM closely monitoring situation

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is closely monitoring the situation regarding Vizag gas leakage incident, Chief Minister's Office informed on Thursday.


 

LG Chem issues statement on Vizag gas leak

"We are currently assessing the extent of the damage on residents in the town and are taking all necessary measures to protect residents and employees in collaboration with related organizations," LG Chem, the owner of LG Polymers, said in a statement.LG Chem said that the gas emitted in the leak can cause nausea and dizziness when inhaled. It said it was seeking to ensure casualties received treatment quickly.It was investigating how the leak occurred. A company official in Seoul said separately the affected factory was suspended because of lockdown measures caused by coronavirus outbreak at the time of the accident.

Gas leak incident in Vizag is disturbing, says Amit Shah

Gas leak incident in Vizag is disturbing; we are continuously and closely monitoring situation: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Telangana CM expresses shock over over gas leak incident in Vizag

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock over thegas leak incident at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and offered condolences to the families of the deceased.
 
Describing the incident as very unfortunate, Rao wished for speedy recovery of those who fell ill due to the gas leak, an official release said.

President Kovind condoles loss of lives in gas leak incident in Vizag

President Ram Nath Kovind today condoled the loss of lives in the gas leak incident in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam and prayed for the recovery of the injured.
 
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 tweeted.
 
"I am confident that the administration is doing everything possible to bring the situation under control at the earliest," the president said.


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