Gas leak at LG Polymers plant in India kills nine, hundreds hospitalised

Chemical gas spill at the LG Polymers plant in South India destroyed at least nine citizens on Thursday, emergency workers brought more than 300 to the hospital and rescued hundreds of others from nearby regions, the official said. The police in Andhra Pradesh.

The Visakhapatnam city commissioner said that the styrene leaked from the factory during the early morning hours when the families in the surrounding villages were sleeping.

Gas leak at LG Polymers plant in India kills nine, hundreds hospitalised
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"Hundreds of people inhaled and became unconscious or had trouble breathing," said Srijana Jumala, commissioner of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, on Twitter.
Swarupa Rani, assistant commissioner of police in Visakhapatnam, told Reuters that at least nine people had died and between 300 and 400 had been taken to hospital. Another 1,500 people, most of them from a neighboring village, were evacuated.
The municipal company said in a tweet that the areas within a radius of about 3 kilometers from the factory were at risk. Reference maps for the affected area, there is at least one coronavirus containment area in the neighborhood.

The photos posted on Twitter showed emergency services, including police, fire and ambulance officers at the scene.
Reuters was unable to verify the photos.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had spoken with officials from the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the National Disaster Management Authority, who were monitoring the crisis.
"I pray for the safety and well-being of everyone in Visakhapatnam," Modi said in a tweet.
According to the website of the firm, LG Polymers produces polystyrene items for the production of electric fan blades, cups and cutlery and beauty packages such as lipstick.
The raw materials, styrene, are highly flammable and release toxic gas when burned.
South Korean battery manufacturer LG Chemical Ltd, the owner of the facility, was not immediately available for comment.
Thursday's accident triggered memories of a gas leak at a US chemical company Union Carbide plant that killed thousands in the Indian city of Bhopal in 1984.

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