Vizag gas leak; 13 injured; 300 hospitalized

Vizag gas leak was an industrial accident where gas leakage was reported on May 7 at the LG Polymers chemical plant in R. R. Venkatapuram village near Gopalapatnam in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The incident occurred early in the morning. As soon as the incident was reported around 50 fire tenders and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team immediately rushed to the spot. The impact of the incident was so moderate that the gas started spreading over a radius of about three kilometres affecting the nearby areas and villages.
13 people died whereas 300 people were hospitalised. More than 5000 people fell sick after the gas started spreading in the nearby villages. The NDRF team carried out the rescue operation, nearly 250 families were evacuated from the villages in the five-kilometre range around the plant.
According to the official sources, the reason behind this incident is improper maintenance of units storing the styrene monomer, improper storage and operation errors.
Note: On May 8, again gas leakage was reported from the tanker where there was Styrene leakage on May 7.
10 fire tenders, including 2 foam tenders were present on the spot. Ambulances were also deployed for any emergency in the area. Later on, the authorities clarified that it was a minuscule technical leak and there is a requirement of bringing the container in control. The fire officer had ordered to the evacuation of villages in 2-3 km radius for safe side precautions.
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