Vizag gas leak claims 11 lives; over 350 hospitalised-08-05-2020


CM announces compensation of Rs.1 crore for families of deceased. Eleven people, including a six-year-old girl, died and over 350 were admitted to hospitals after styrene monomer gas leaked from a chemical plant belonging to LG Polymers at RR Venkatapuram in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar Meena said that among those killed, two were accidental deaths - one 19-year-old medical student fell from the balcony of the second floor of his house after he was blinded by fumes and the other fell in a well while trying to flee.

Case registered:

The Gopalapatnam police have registered a case against the management of LG Polymers under Sections 278 , 284 , 285 , 337 , 338 Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others and 304 of the IPC. The case was booked following a report from Village Revenue Officer of RR Venkatapuram M. .

Problem in temperature controls led to the leak:

Following the leak the company and the district administration took up elaborate sprinkling of water inside the plant and in the affected areas. The company was earlier called Hindustan Polymers. It was taken over by the South Korea-based LG Chem in 1997 and it manufactures polystyrene, a basic material used in fibreglass and rubber for making toys and appliances, according to a company official. The company, has about 360 employees, of whom 15 were present in the third shift on Thursday.

NDRF moves in:

A special team from the NDRF 5 Battalion from Pune that specialises in chemical, biological and nuclear disaster also has been rushed to Visakhapatnam to study the situation and advise the district and company officials. Both the company and the district administration took elaborate sprinkling of water both inside the plant and in the affected areas, which appears to be the only neutralising element. Visakhapatnam gas leak | NHRC issues notices to Centre, AP govt.

CM visits hospital:

Jagan Mohan Reddy reached Visakhapatnam from Amravati in a chopper and visited the affected persons in KGH. “This amount includes the compensation to be paid by the company,” he said.

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