Gas Leak In Vizag Kills 11, 800 Hospitalised, 1,500 Moved

At least eleven people were killed, including a child and about 800 admitted to hospital after styrene gas leak in RR Venkatapuram village in Vizag on Thursday.

“Around 1000-1500 people have been evacuated, and out of these people, more than 800 have been taken to hospital,” said Director-General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) SN Pradhan.

Pradhan said that the police and the local administration came into action after locals reported throat and skin irritation and some toxic smell following a gas leak in Visakhapatnam.

Speaking to ANI, he said, “The incident was reported by locals around 2:30 in the morning, it was because of throat irritation and skin irritation and toxic smell. They informed the local administration. The administration officials and fire tenders reached the location. The NDRF unit of Visakhapatnam was informed at 5 am in the morning; they reached the site in half an hour and started rescue operations.”

“The focus right now is on the evacuation and treatment of the people, around three-four villages and 500 families have been affected, two villages near the incident have been affected more,” he added.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday met people hospitalised at King George hospital due to gas leakage mishap in Visakhapatnam.

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