Gas Leak At Andhra Chemical Plant Now "Under Control", Says State Government: Highlights

Visakhapatnam LG polymers gas leakage: "There is gas leakage identified at LG Polymers in Gopalpatnam," Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation tweeted

Gas Leak At Andhra Chemical Plant Now 'Under Control', Says State Government: Highlights

LG polymers gas leakage: Several were killed after gas leaked from chemical plant in Visakhapatnam

New Delhi:

Eleven people including a child were killed after toxic gas leaked from a chemical plant of a multinational firm in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam, officials said. The gas leak is "under control", the factory operator's South Korean parent company said.

"The gas leak situation is now under control and we are exploring all ways to provide speedy treatment for those who suffer from inhaling the leaked gas," said LG Chem, which owns the Visakhapatnam plant operator LG Polymers India.

"We are investigating the extent of damage and exact cause of the leak and deaths," it added in a statement.

Nearly 800 people have been admitted to hospital. Ambulances, fire engines and policemen have reached the chemical plant, officials said.

Residents near the chemical gas plant of LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd in the district's village RR Venkatapuram reported of burning sensation in their eyes and difficulty in breathing, officials said. They were immediately taken to hospital, they said.

Here are the Highlights on LG polymers gas leakage in Visakhapatnam:

May 07, 2020 20:35 (IST)
Company Would Be Asked To Explain: Minister
Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister M Goutham Reddy on Thursday said the state government is airlifting 500 tons of inhibitors, as a foolproof safety measure, to neutralize the chemical substances in the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident and that the company would be asked to explain what went wrong.

The leak was contained within an hour, he said.

Maintaining that the administration was taking all precautionary steps,the minister said the factory was not being operated, but personnel were trying to get it to readiness.
May 07, 2020 19:45 (IST)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expresses grief over Vizag gas leak tragedy
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Thursday expressed grief over the Visakhapatnam gas leak tragedy early on the day that killed at least 11 persons and affected over 1,000 people, leaving them gasping for breath.

"Shocked to know about the terrible Vizag gas leak tragedy. My condolences to the bereaved families, who lost their loved ones. May God give them strength to bear this loss. Prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured," Ashok Gehlot said.

Deputy Chief Minister Pilot called the incident "sad and unfortunate".

May 07, 2020 17:31 (IST)
Gujarat To Send Chemical Used As Neutraliser To Vizag
A specialised chemical called PTBC, made only in Vapi town of Gujarat, will be sent to Visakhapatnam on an urgent basis to help in neutralising the effects of gas leak at a polymer plant there, a Gujarat government official said on Thursday.

A major leak from a chemical plant of LG Polymers near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in the wee hours of Thursday impacted villages within a five-km radius, leaving eight people dead and scores of citizens complaining of breathlessness, nausea and other problems.

May 07, 2020 16:52 (IST)
Reports of second gas leak at LG Polymers false: Andhra Police
Andhra Pradesh Police said on Thursday that the reports of gas leakage for a second time at LG Polymers are false.

"Reports of a second leak at LG Polymers premises are false. Maintenance team was repairing the system and some vapour was let out. There is no second leak," the police said in a tweet.

In another tweet, the police tweeted two pictures shared by the State's Industry Department.


May 07, 2020 16:04 (IST)
Andhra CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy visits hospital to meet Vizag gas leak victims
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday met people hospitalised at King George hospital due to gas leakage mishap in Visakhapatnam.

Styrene gas had leaked in the gas plant of LG Polymers in RR Venkatapuram village in Vizag district early this morning.

The death toll in the gas leak tragedy has risen to 10, said SN Pradhan, Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).



May 07, 2020 15:48 (IST)
Deepest condolences to bereaved families: Mohammad Kaif on Vizag gas leak tragedy
Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif on Thursday expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased in the gas leakage incident in Visakhapatnam.

The batsman also said that he spent two Ranji Trophy seasons in Vishakapatnam and the city is very close to him

"I've spent 2 Ranji Trophy seasons in "#Visakhapatnam, it's a city that's very close to me. The visuals that I see today are very disturbing! My thoughts & prayers are with everyone affected and my deepest condolences with the bereaved families. May this subside soon#VizagGasLeak," Kaif tweeted.
May 07, 2020 15:25 (IST)
After Vizag Gas Leak, Demand For Action Over Safety Violation
A chemical plant where a gas leak killed 11 and left 1,000 sick in Andhra Pradesh's Vishakhapatnam may face investigation on whether its safety protocols were in place and whether it followed all precautions while restarting the unit after the lockdown. The chemical disaster has left over 200 in hospital. Read more

After Vizag Gas Leak, Demand For Action Over Safety Violation

May 07, 2020 15:23 (IST)
JustIn| Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister announces Rs 1 crore compensation to families who lost a member, Rs 10 lakh to those on ventilator, Rs 1 lakh to those who had gone to hospital for first-aid care. 
May 07, 2020 15:00 (IST)
Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness: South Korea Owner On Gas Leak At Vizag Plant
South Korea's LG Chem Ltd said a gas leak at its plant in Andhra Pradesh had been brought under control, after an incident on Thursday that police estimate killed nine people and resulted in hundreds getting affected. Read more

Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness: South Korea Owner On Gas Leak At Vizag Plant
May 07, 2020 14:59 (IST)
Visakhapatnam Gas Leak Took Place As Plastic Factory Was Being Restarted: Disaster Response Force
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. Read more
Visakhapatnam Gas Leak Took Place As Plastic Factory Was Being Restarted: Disaster Response Force
May 07, 2020 14:57 (IST)
"The chances of long term impact are less": AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria

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May 07, 2020 14:56 (IST)
Just got information that the death toll has risen to 11: SN Pradhan, Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

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May 07, 2020 14:56 (IST)
It is a chemical disaster the response requires expertise on chemical side, on chemical management side, on medical side as well as on the evacuation side. Prime Minister took stock of what across the board response should be: National Disaster Management Authority.

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May 07, 2020 14:55 (IST)
DG NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), Member of NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) and Director AIIMS brief the media in Delhi on Visakhapatnam chemical plant gas leak.
May 07, 2020 14:47 (IST)
Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: Chandrababu Naidu Demands Probe, Wants Plant Shut
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu today demanded a probe into the gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam and asked the Centre to immediately shut down the chemical plant from where styrene vapour leaked. Read more

Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: Chandrababu Naidu Demands Probe, Wants Plant Shut
May 07, 2020 14:42 (IST)
Update| Number of deaths of Visakhapatnam chemical gas plant leak rises to 10
May 07, 2020 14:32 (IST)
National Human Rights Commission Of India (NHRF) sends notice to Andhra Pradesh Government and centre over deaths and sufferings of several people due to styrene gas leakage at a chemical gas plant in Visakhapatnam.
May 07, 2020 14:31 (IST)
Styrene Gas That Leaked From Vizag Plant Can Cause Long-Term Damage
A chemical leak in a plant of LG Polymers India in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam district led to hospitalisation of 200 people and nine deaths. 1,000 more people were affected by the gas leak from the plant left idle because of the coronavirus lockdown, according to senior police officer Swaroop Rani in Visakhapatnam. Read more

Styrene Gas That Leaked From Vizag Plant Can Cause Long-Term Damage
May 07, 2020 14:19 (IST)
Had To Break Into Homes To Rescue Unconscious Victims: Vizag Officials
In the hours after a gas leak hit villages around a chemical gas plant in Visakhapatnam, rescue officials broke into houses where people had fallen unconscious and moved them to hospital, the top police officer of Andhra Pradesh told NDTV. Read more

Had To Break Into Homes To Rescue Unconscious Victims: Vizag Officials
May 07, 2020 13:26 (IST)
Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy Orders Probe
The Andhra Pradesh government has ordered a probe into the incident, the state police chief said in Amaravati.

Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy held a high-level review meeting to take stock of the situation and ordered a probe into the matter, Andhra Pradesh DGP D Gautam Sawang said. Read more

Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy Orders Probe
May 07, 2020 13:15 (IST)
Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: Rahul Gandhi Urges Congress Workers To Help Those Affected
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today expressed shock over the gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam and prayed for the speedy recovery of those hospitalised.

He also urged Congress workers in the area to provide all necessary support to those affected. Read more

Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: Rahul Gandhi Urges Congress Workers To Help Those Affected
May 07, 2020 13:04 (IST)
Visakhapatnam Gas Leak "Disturbing", Closely Monitoring Situation: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah today described the gas leak at a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam as "disturbing" and said the central government is closely monitoring the situation. Read more

Visakhapatnam Gas Leak 'Disturbing', Closely Monitoring Situation: Amit Shah
May 07, 2020 12:51 (IST)
In Vizag Gas Leak, Police Official Talks Of Negligence Linked To Lockdown
A chemical gas leak in the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh is under control, officials said just before noon today.

The leak killed at least 8 people and more than 800 were hospitalized. Hundreds more were evacuated from nearby areas.

South Korean battery maker LG Chemical Ltd, the owner of the facility, located around 14 kilometers away from Visakhapatnam city, said, "We are looking into the exact damages, cause of the death and details of the incident." Read more

In Vizag Gas Leak, Police Official Talks Of Negligence Linked To Lockdown
May 07, 2020 11:45 (IST)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he was shocked to know about the Vishakhapatnam gas leak tragedy.
May 07, 2020 11:25 (IST)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives in Vishakhapatnam because of the the gas leak.

May 07, 2020 11:15 (IST)
PM Modi said he has spoken to spoken to Andhra Pradesh Chief Miniter YS Jaganmohan Reddy regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam. He assured all help and support.

May 07, 2020 10:52 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy directs district officials to take every possible step to save lives and bring the situation under control.

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May 07, 2020 10:48 (IST)
"Pray For Everyone's Safety": PM On Gas Leak In Visakhapatnam Plant
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he is praying for the safety of all those affected this morning by a toxic gas leak from a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh's Vishakhapatnam. The Prime Minister has also called for a meeting of the NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) at 11 am to review rescue operations in the southern state.

'Pray For Everyone's Safety': PM On Gas Leak In Visakhapatnam Plant
May 07, 2020 10:39 (IST)
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi tweeted his condolences.
May 07, 2020 10:35 (IST)
Update| Number of deaths of Visakhapatnam chemical gas plant leak rises to 8
May 07, 2020 10:32 (IST)
Home Minister Amit Shah tweets on the Andhra chemical factory gas leak. He said he has spoken to the NDMA officials and concerned authorities and is continuously and closely monitoring the situation.

May 07, 2020 10:29 (IST)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the NDRF is working together with the state government in performing the first responder's duty.
May 07, 2020 10:05 (IST)
PM Modi said he has spoken to officials of MHA and NDMA regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam and it is being monitored closely. 

May 07, 2020 09:47 (IST)
Core and vulnerable areas map of PVC gas leakage released by Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. They are advising the citizens to use wet masks or wet cloth to cover your nose and mouth.
May 07, 2020 09:43 (IST)
Update| Number of deaths of Visakhapatnam chemical gas plant leak rises to 6
May 07, 2020 08:53 (IST)
In visuals, at least a hundred people are seen on a chaotic road trying to help the injured and putting them into waiting ambulances. An industrial siren is heard in the background. People in masks are seen carrying others who show signs of difficulty in breathing. They are made to sit on the road divider till the ambulances arrived.

May 07, 2020 08:50 (IST)
"There is gas leakage identified at LG Polymers in Gopalpatnam. Requesting Citizens around these locations not to come out of houses for the sake of safety precautions," the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation tweeted.

May 07, 2020 08:49 (IST)
  • Five people including a child reportedly died after toxic gas leaked from a chemical plant of a multinational firm in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam. 
  • Nearly 200 people have been admitted to hospital. 
  • Ambulances, fire engines and policemen have reached the chemical plant, officials said.
  • Residents near the chemical gas plant of LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd in the district's village RR Venkatapuram reported of burning sensation in their eyes and difficulty in breathing, officials said. 
  • They were immediately taken to hospital, they said.