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The Gas leak incident of Venkatapuram village of Visakhapatnam is under control NDRF (National Disaster Relief Force) DG SN Pradhan said on Thursday. The state ministers and leaders swung into action immediately just after getting the information of the leakage and took major steps to get the situation under control.
‘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.
Right now gas has been neutralised. One of the antidote is drinking a lot of water. Around 800 were shifted to hospital, many have been discharged. Investigation will be carried out to see how this happened: Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang. #VizagGasLeak https://t.co/qIe0doOEmV— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2020
Addressing newspersons after visiting the victims at KGH Hospital in Visakhapatnam on Thursday, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy also announced ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore each to the families of those who had succumbed. So far, 10 people have lost their lives and about 1,000 people have been hospitalised after styrene gas leaked from the LG Polymers plant located at R R Venkatapuram, Visakhapatnam.
Those who are on ventilators will be given Rs 10 lakh, while patients who require hospital stay of two-three days will be provided Rs 1 lakh, the Chief Minister said. Patients who have been discharged after primary treatment will also get Rs 25,000. ‘All 15,000 people residing in the villages around the plant will be given Rs 10,000 each,’ Reddy said. As many animals had also died after inhaling the gas, the government will give a compensation of Rs 20,000 per animal to their owners, CM stated.
Vizag's district magistrate said that the emmission hasn't stopped completely and at around 9.30 am, the concentration of the gas was found to be around 1-2.5. ‘We need to monitor the situation for the next 48 hours to see if we are in safe zone. For it to reach to safety level- the emission has to come to zero. The emissions are still continuing to happen. Once it comes to zero, it requires further 12 hours to completely leave the area. Water sprinkler will be brought in to try to reduce it to zero.’
'Right now gas has been neutralised. One of the antidote is drinking a lot of water. Around 800 were shifted to hospital, many have been discharged. Investigation will be carried out to see how this happened,' said Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang while addressing the issue and how to prevent themselves from the gas leakage.
Gujarat government has come forward to help the Andhra Pradesh government in controlling the Vizag gas leak, 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.
‘This chemical, used for reducing the effects of gas in the air after a leak, is manufactured only in Vapi. The Andhra Pradesh government requested Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to facilitate airlifting of the chemical from Vapi to be sent there as soon as possible,’ said Ashwani Kumar, secretary in the Gujarat chief minister's office.
The Central government is flying in a specialised CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) team of the NDRF from Pune to Vishakhapatnam and they will extend all technical support to the local authorities. ‘We are also mobilising specialised technical support to assist the medical practitioners in the area who may not have dealt with this kind of emergency,’ Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Kamal Kishore told PTI