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Vizag gas leak: Residents asked to stay indoors, use wet mask

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
Last updated on: May 07, 2020 12:14 IST
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The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation on Thursday asked people staying near the chemical plant where a gas leak took place in the wee hours to stay indoors and use a wet cloth to cover their nose and mouth.

IMAGE: Women fall to the ground after being affected by a chemical gas leakage from LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village of Visakhapatnam. Photograph: PTI Photo

At least six people, including an 8-year-old child, have been killed and over 100 hospitalised due to the gas leak which took place at LG Polymers chemical plant in Gopalapatnam.

"There is (a) gas leakage identified at LG Polymers in Gopalpatnam. Requesting citizens around these locations not to come out of houses for the sake of safety precautions," the GVMC said in a tweet.


"Please use wet cloth as mask to cover your nose and mouth," it added.

The GVMC said its officials are trying to reduce the impact of the gas leak by spraying water and public address systems are being used to ask people to use masks.

Ambulances, fire engines and policemen have reached the spot, officials said.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked district officials to take every possible step to save lives and bring the situation under control.

South Korean company LG Polymers makes polystyrene and expandable polystyrene, a versatile plastic used to make a wide variety of consumer products like toys and appliances.

It has been in operation since 1961.

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