12 people died and more than 500 were hospitalized following an incident of Gas Leakage at LG Polymers facility in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh in India.
The styrene gas leak took place at around 2:30 am local time on 7 May 2020 after which evacuation and rescue operations were launched by district authorities. Several visuals of people and animals passing out on streets stormed social media. #VizagGasLeak was among the top social media trends in India.
Latest News from LG Polymers Visakhapatnam Leak
India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, allowed LG Polymers India Ltd to have access to its sealed plant at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The court asked the company to submit a list of personnel who would be allowed access to its premises.
LG Polymers chemical plant was sealed following orders of the Andhra Pradesh High Court taking cognisance of the styrene leak on May 7 in which 12 people were killed and 500 others were injured.
Deaths in LG Polymer Leak incident
Death toll in LG Polymers gas leak rose to 12 casualties. Many patients including children and senior citizens lost consciousness on spot. Ambulances, Fire tenders, and Police vehicles were rushed to the affected areas.
District administration initially claimed that the spread of gas was only up to 1.5 km but graphics and posts on social media said otherwise. Local residents could be quoted saying that people who were 5 km away from the plant have lost consciousness. The effects of the tragedy could severe than what can be seen now.
Situation in Visakhapatnam now
Visakhapatnam is a major port and industrial hub in Andhra Pradesh. After the Styrene gas leak incident many people advocated closing LG Polymers Visakhapatnam plant. The enquiry in the gas leak case is still going and a decision might be expected after its completion. Specialists who arrived from South Korea to probe the incident are yet to submit their reports.
Local residents do not want the plant to close. Many locals want the plant to stay as it is the source of their livelihood. Industries bring employment and revenue with them which is an essential part of human lives. In times of Coronavirus pandemic, people have understood how crucial it is to survive. LG Polymers Visakhapatnam will stay closed until further orders are given by authorities in India.