8 deaths, including 2 children, more than a thousand sick due to gas leaked in Visakhapatnam up to 4 km.
- The accident took place at Venkatapuram in Visakhapatnam, gas leaked between 2:30 am and 3:30 am at LG Polymers’ plant.
- PVC i.e. styrene gas leaked, this gas is used to make plastic, fiberglass, rubber, and pipes.
Gas leaked from a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, early Thursday. The accident occurred between 2:30 am and 3:30 am. So far 8 people have died, including 2 children. The gas leaked from the LG Polymers industry plant and spread to 5 small villages within a radius of 4 km. The NDRF, SDRF, NDMA, and Navy teams are carrying out rescue operations.
The accident took place in Venkatapuram village, about 30 km from Visakhapatnam. More than a thousand people are sick. More than 80 people hospitalized. 3 are on ventilators. The condition of 15 children is critical.
Many People Reached The Spot, Fell Unconscious There
Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Gautam Sawang said that 2 of the 8 people killed died while running away in panic. One of these fell from the second floor of the company, while the other fell into the well. As soon as the news of the accident spread, many people reached the spot but they fell unconscious there. People were also unconscious in nearby houses. Some people had red marks on their bodies.
Styrene Gas Leaked Used For Making Fiber, Rubber, Pipe
The gas that leaked is called PVC. It is a neurotoxin. Its chemical formula is C6H5CH = CH2. This most popular organic solvent is a colorless liquid like benzene-borne water. This leads to gas. It is a stifling gas. If it enters the body through the breath, then it starts showing effect within 10 minutes. This gas is used in polystyrene plastics, fiberglass, rubber, and pipe making plants.