Live updates: Vizag gas leak
Women and children were seen lying on roads struggling to breath, reminiscent of the infamous Bhopal gas tragedy when a leak from the Union Carbide plant left around 3,500 dead and many maimed.
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The worst-hit Gopalapatnam village reverberated with cries of people for help. Many people fell unconscious during their sleep, a villager said. Affected people, suffering writ large on their faces, were rushed to hospitals in autorickshaws and on two wheelers.
Visakhapatnam collector Vinay Chand said 20 ambulances were pressed into service as soon information about the gas leak was received.
Vizag chemical plant gas leak: Death toll reaches 8; over 5,000 fall sick VizagGasLeak #GasLeak #LGPolymersGasLeak https://t.co/Gr9wzdvnz2
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Exposure to styrene, also known as ethenylbenzene, vinylbenzene can affect the central nervous system (CNS), causing headache, fatigue, weakness, and depression. It is primarily used in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins.
The gas leak took place at LG Polymers chemical plant. LG Polymers was established in 1961 as “Hindustan Polymers” for manufacturing Polystyrene and its co-polymers at Visakhapatnam. It merged with McDowell & Co. Ltd of UB Group in 1978, according to the company’s website.
Taken over by LG Chem (South Korea), Hindustan Polymers was renamed LG Polymers India Private Limited (LGPI) in July, 1997. In Video:Vizag gas leak: Watch shocking visuals from the area