Tragic Gas Leak Kills 7 in Andhra Pradesh
GUWAHATI: A toxic gas leak from the chemical plant of a company in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam killed 7, triggering panic among citizens.
The leak occurred in the wee hours of the day at around 3 am at LG Polymers Industry at RR Venkatapuram.
Workers in the plant were making preparations and gearing up to reopen the plant when the gas began to leak.
Fire engines and ambulances reached the spot to control the situation and around 200 people were rushed to the hospital. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also called in and the death toll was confirmed by Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police, Gautam Sawang.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in response to the unfortunate incident, has spoken with officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and called for a meeting with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at 11 am today to closely monitor the situation.
The total number of people who have fallen sick due to the reported gas leak is estimated to be well over 1,000. Many were found unconscious on the streets while some faced problem in breathing, had burning sensation in their eyes and complained of rashes on their bodies.
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