Eight people, including two children, have died while about 300 are hospitalised after a gas leakage from LG Polymers chemical plant in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh today. The Vizag factory was trying to open post lockdown when the incident occurred, DG NDRF told CNN-News18. Several people were taken to hospital after they complained of a burning sensation in their eyes and breathing difficulties.
Footages of the incident show people lying on Vizag’s roads near the site, possibly unconscious. Many are being carried into ambulances, and people rushing in to help. An industrial siren sounds in the background, amid a heartbreaking scene of a child trying to wake up a woman lying unconscious on the divider.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is expected to visit the site of the incident and meet the affected in hospital.
The Greater Visakhapatnam Muncipal Corporation has tweeted, confirming the incident and asking for people living in colonies and villages around the industry to leave for safer locations.The LG Polymers industry was set up in 1961, as Hindustan Polymers. The company manufactures polystyrene and its co-polymers in Vizag. In 1978, it was merged with Mc Dowell and Company Limited of UB Group.