VISAKHAPATNAM: At least 8 individuals which included an 8-year-old girl and 2 senior citizens lost their lives and around 5,000 people got affected after an alleged gas leak that occurred from a chemical plant in Vizag on Thursday, 7 May, early morning. According to the reports, the leakage occurred around 3 am at an LG polymers industry situated in RR Venkatapuram around Naiduthota area which is near to Gopalapatnam.
Locals located within the 3-kilometre radius of the affected area were panic-stricken. There were many who were found to be unconscious and lying on the road whereas, some began facing breathing difficulties after the tragic incident. Some also reported having soar eyes and rashes.
Evacuation of the locals was initiated as soon as the matter got reported and the local police reached the affected area.
The proper cause of the incident has still not been identified.
V Vinay Chand, the district collector of Vizag reached the affected region as fast as he could and has been monitoring the situation. It was mentioned by him that the situation will be under control in the duration of 2 hours. It was also said that oxygen support is being provided to the people having breathing problems.
State and the National Disaster Respond Force (NDRF and SDRF) have gotten stationed in the area and the rescue operation is currently happening.
YS Jaganmohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh will also be visiting the area to observe the intensity of the situation.