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.
Primary report is PVC gas (or Styrene) leaked from LG Polymers, Vepagunta near Gopalapatnam in Visakhapatnam at around 2:30 AM today
Because of the leakage of the said compound gas hundreds of people have inhaled it and either fell unconscious or having breathing issues. pic.twitter.com/WeCdrbddV1
– Srijana Gummalla (@GummallaSrijana) May 7, 2020
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.