On Thursday, LG Polymers industry in India’s Andhra Pradesh observed chemical gas leakage. It is located at RR Venkatapuram near Gopalapatnam in Visakhapatnam.
At least 11 people lost their lives in the incident. Thousands of people have been reported sick after the incident were evacuated. Hundreds are admitted to hospitals for treatment.
The incident happened at around 3 am when people in the nearby colonies were fast asleep. After more than 40 days of closure, the LG polymers company was making arrangements for reopening the plant from Thursday (May 7). LG Polymers India has a chemical unit in Visakhapatnam from which the gas leakage occurred. It is part of South Korea’s LG Chem, headquartered in Mumbai.
The gas leak spread in a radius of 3 km. It is suggested by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation officials. Hundreds of people who inhaled the gas either fell unconscious or experienced problems in breathing, according to Municipal Commissioner Srijana Gummalla.
The gas that leaked in the area is Styrene. As per the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) director-general SN Pradhan, the gas affects the skin, throat, central nervous system, eyes, and some other parts of the body. DGP D Gautam Sawang said that Styrene is not a poisonous gas. However, it can be fatal only if inhaled in excess quantity. State DGP Damodar Goutam stated that one of the antidotes is drinking a lot of water.
Mr. Sawang said that after the incident, the gas was neutralized. The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) officials showered water through mist blowers, in a bid to subside the effect of the gas leak in Gopalapatnam area.
PM Modi held a meeting of the National Disaster Response Force (NDMA), in the wake of the situation in Visakhapatnam.
DGP D Gautam said that investigation will be carried out on how the gas leaked. An attempt will also be made to understand why the neutralizer at the plant did not prove effective in containing the leak.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced compensations. Rs 1 crore each will be provided to the kin of those who have been killed in the tragedy, Rs 10 lakh each to those victims who are undergoing treatment on the ventilator and those who are hospitalized but not on a ventilator would receive Rs 1 lakh each as compensation.