The gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam took place as a plastic factory, that was closed during lockdown, was being prepared for resumption of operations, the NDRF chief said on Thursday.
About 80-100 people have been hospitalised after a gas, Styrene, leaked in the area at about 2:30 am, NDRF Director General S N Pradhan said.
He said a special gas leakage team of the force is on the spot and checking on people who are feeling uneasy.
This is Styrene gas that affects the central nervous system, throat, skin, eyes and some other parts of the body, he said.
"I think what we understand is that this plastic factory was being re-started for operations and the gas leaked after an accident occurred," he said.
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