India. Gas plant leak leaves at least five dead and hundreds injured

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At least five people died and hundreds were hospitalized on Thursday following a gas leak at a LG Polymers chemical plant in east-central India.

“We can confirm at this point that five people have died. At least 70 people are in an unconscious state in a nearby hospital, and overall, between 200 and 500 people are receiving care. “said Swaroop Rani, a police official in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh state.

At least three surrounding villages have been evacuated. “We anticipate that it will take at least an hour to complete the evacuation of these villages”, added the manager.

The gas leak was identified at LG Polymers facilities, said the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) in a tweet.

Images posted on Twitter show emergency services, including police, firefighters, ambulances on site, as well as videos of residents, including many children, lying unconscious on the streets.

South Korean battery maker LG Chemical Ltd, which owns the plant, has yet to speak.

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