Vishakhapatnam Gas Leak: 11 die, several critical; CM announces compensation

GUWAHATI: At least 11 people reportedly died and several others are critical due to gas leakage from a chemical plant at south India’s Vishakhapatnam in the wee hours on Thursday.

It is reported that a toxic gas - Styrene has leaked from LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd, which is about 20 kms from Vishakhapatnam.

People living in the area have complained of nausea and dizziness ever since the leakage.

In a presser, Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) S N Pradhan said that disaster response teams and medical specialists have reached the spot to take stock of the situation and arrest the further spread of the gas leakage.

He however also informed that the leakage is minimal and is under control.

Hundreds of people living in a 3 km radius of the plant have been evacuated to safer places.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the NDMA and took stock of the situation on the ground as well as the response that has taken place till now and the response required from across the board.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced Rs 1 crore compensation for the next of kin.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also expressed concern about the accident and said that the Government is closely monitoring the situation.

“The incident in Vizag is disturbing. I have spoken to the NDMA officials and concerned authorities. We are continuously and closely monitoring the situation,” Shah tweeted.

LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd is a facility at RR Venkatapuram area near Gopalapatnam headquartered in South Korea. (Source: PTI)

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