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Vizag Gas Leak LIVE Updates: Gas Fumes Leak Again, People In 2 Km Radius Asked To Evacuate

Eleven people have died and 20 critical after a chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village in Andhra's Vishakapatnam on Thursday

Update at 03:58

Air India cargo flight with PTBC chemical reaches Vishakhapatnam

The Air India Cargo flight with chemical PTBC (para-tertiary butyl catechol) to neutralise the impact of styrene gas leakage has arrived in  Vishakhapatnam.

"It (PTBC chemical) was airlifted at around 10:30 pm on Thursday", said Raj Kishore, airport director, while speaking to a news agency.


Update at 03:00, May 8 

Gas fumes leak again, people in 2 km radius asked to evacuate

Gas fumes leaking again from the tanker where there was Styrene leakage earlier on Thursday, May 7. Around 50 fire staffers, with NDRF's support, are carrying out the operation. People within 2 km radius of the spot have been asked to evacuate as a safety measure.  


Update at 21:00

Vizag gas tragedy due to technical glitch

Technical glitch in refrigeration unit caused gas leak mishap in Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam District Collector

NGT takes cognizance

National Green Tribunal takes cognisance on its own about the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident killing at least 11 people

Update at 20:00: Criminal case registered

Criminal case registered against management of chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh where gas leak occurred, says Police.  

Update: AIIMS director on styerene exposure

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria says chances of long-term health effects because of exposure to styrene vapour, which leaked from a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam, are less and illnesses caused by the gas is not universally fatal

Update: High level probe initiated into Vizag incident

Apart from Rs 1 crore for the deceased, AP CM announces Rs 10 lakh for seriously injured, Rs 1 lakh for those hospitalised,Rs 25K for those who received first aid. Rs10K each for those affected in 5 villages close to 15000 people. 

Helpline numbers launched:


Update: FIR registered against LG polymers

Cracking down on the tragic Vishakhapattinam gas leak, an FIR has been registered against LG Polymers industry on Thursday for negligence. This development comes after Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy questioned the authorities saying, "What were the authorities doing? Why didn't the alarm get triggered?". He assured that the government will not hesitate to take whatever necessary action against them.  

Update:  Gujarat to send chemicals by road to Andhra Pradesh 

Update at 15:30 : CM Jagan Mohan Reddy briefing

  • We are doing our best to bring emissions back to zero. Will take 24 hours to restore normalcy
  • What were the authorities doing? Why din't the alarm get triggered?
  • The company will offer comnpensation, over which the government too will offer Rs 1 crore compensation to next of kin of the deceased
  • The state chief secretary and the local MLA will stay back in Vishakapattinam for next two days to co-ordinate all the rescue operations.
  • We will offer jobs to family who have lost people in the tragedy. The company LG is renowned and will be subject to a probe . We will not hesitate to take whatever necessary action agaisnt them.
  • The Andhra Pradesh government will be providing Rs 25,000 to those who received primary care treatment due to the Vizag gas leak. Those who received 2-3 days of treatment will get Rs 1 lakh, and those on ventilator support to be given Rs 10 lakh.
  • NDRF, NDMA confirm 11 deaths with 20 critical


Update at 15:03: NDMA-NDRF news briefing

  • 10 individuals have died and nearly 1000 directly exposed :SN Pradhan, Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
  • Central govt is mobilising CBRN for technical assistance.
  • 250 families have been evacuated - door to door. Chemical experts were present on site and 500 people have been evacuated from the area. NDRF will stay back till situation is fully under control.
  • Expert team will fly from Pune to Vizag. CBRN team is stationed in Pune. 5 member team will fly to Pune for assessment and technical assistance.
  • It is a chemical disaster the response requires expertise on chemical side, on chemical management side, on medical side as well as on the evacuation side. Prime Minister took stock of what across the board response should be: National Disaster Management Authority
  • Dr Guleria of AIIMS said that the effects of the gas were dependent on the degree of exposure. "The treatment is supportive only. Some will need to be put on ventilator. For acute lung injury, steroids may be given."


Update at 14:27: We are doing our best to bring emissions back to zero. Will take 24 hours to restore normalcy says Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy on Vizag gas leak incident.

Update at 14:22: CM Jagan Mohan Reddy interacts with victims at King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam


Update at 14:14: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to Andhra Pradesh Government and the Centre over the deaths and sufferings of several people due to styrene gas leakage  in Vishakapatnam District on Thursday.  

Update at 14:11: Death toll increases to 9. Over 300 admitted to various hospitals nearby, according to Visakhapatnam District Medical & Health Officer Tirumala Rao  

Update at 14:02: "The gas leak situation is now under control and we are exploring all ways to provide speedy treatment for those who suffer from inhaling the leaked gas," said LG Chem. "We are investigating the extent of damage and exact cause of the leak and deaths," LG Chemicals said in a statement.

Update at 14:00: Principal Secretary to the PM Dr P K Mishra held a high level review meeting with Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary , NDMA, NDRF , Director AIIMS, and medical experts on Vizag gas leak situation. Dr Mishra directed sending of team of experts to Vizag and also measures for relief, rescue and short term as also long term medical impact.

Update at 13:57: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa condoled the death of the victims of the gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatnam on Thursday. Calling it an 'unfortunate' event, the Karnataka CM said that industries should commence production only after precautions are taken and that the accident should be taken asa warning. 

Update at 13:54: Kerala CM Pinaryi Vijayan expressed shock over the tragic gas leak incident in Vishakapatnam on Thursday and condoled the victims of the accident. 

Update at 13:50: Israel's ambassador to India Ron Malka condoled the death of the victims of the gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatnam and said the thoughts and prayers of Israel were with the people of the state and CM Jagan. 


Update at 13:40: BSP chief Mayawati condoled the death of the victims of the gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatnam and said that it was saddening and disturbing as the incident occurred amid the COVID lockdown.


Update at 13:23: Indian Navy has provided 5 more Portable Multifeed Oxygen Manifolds sets to KGH. Technical Teams from Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam (NDV) are at KGH to assist in quick installation to provide Oxygen to large number of patients effected by gas leak from LG Polymers Visakhapatnam this morning. The Portable Multifeed Oxygen Manifold system was designed by NDV to enable one jumbo size Oxygen Bottle to supply Oxygen to six patients concurrently for COVID-19 Pandemic. 25 such sets were provided to District Administration for use in COVID Designated hospitals earlier. 

Update at 13:17: AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy leaves for Vishakapatnam where he will meet the victims of the gas leak tragedy. 


Update at 12:43: Former Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has written to PM Modi, requesting the latter to permit him to visit the accident site at Vishakapatnam. The ex-CM's request to PM Modi comes amid the coronavirus-forced lockdown in place nationwide.  

Update at 12:41: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that he was extremely disturbed by the gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatmnam and condoled the demise of the gas leak's victims.

Update at 11:49: Naval Team with about 50 Breathing Sets and associated portable  Air Compressor along with 2 Naval ambulances are assisting the SDRF team at villages affected by gas leak near LG Polymers 

Update at 11:46: UP CM Yogi Adityanath condoled the demise of the victims of the gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatnam on Thursday.

 Update at 11:23:  President Ram Nath Kovid condoled the demise of the victims of the gas leak accident in Vishakapatnam on Thursday. Taking to Twitter, President Kovind said he was saddened by the tragic event and expressed confidence in the administration to bring the situation under control the earliest. 


Update at 11:14: BJP national president JP Nadda said that he was pained by the tragic demise of the victims of the gas leak tragedy and  urged the party cadres to provide assistance to the administration and asked them to follow health protocols while doing so. 


Update at 11:10: Minister for Industries Mekapati Gowtham Reddy informed that a help-desk was set-up to assist the rescue operations in Vishakapatnam.  The Minister asked the people not to panic and reassured that a team from the department was on the site and was manning the operations. 

Update at 10:58: Reacting to the gas leak tragedy, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that he was pained by the loss of lives in the tragic accident and prayed for the well-being of the people of Vishakapatnam. 


Update at 10:51: 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.

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. 

Update at 10:47: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was saddedned by the demise of the victims of the gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatnam and wished the injured a speedy recovery. 

Update at 10:42: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot condoled the death of the victims of the gas leak tragedy and wished speedy recovery for the injured.

Update at 10:40: Union Minister for Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan condoled the death of the victims of the tragedy and said that the saituation was being monitored closely & that all assistance was being provided. 


Update at 10:38: PM Modi has spoken to Andha CM Jagan Mohan Reddy regarding the situation and has assured him of help and support.

Update at 10:36: "Evacuation is over, operation over, gas is naturalized. The situation is under control. 4 deaths have happened as if now. 120 are in hospital. They are all stable", said Vizag Police Commissioner RK Meena.

Update at 10:22: Home Minister Amit Shah takes cogniznce of the gas leak tragedy. He said that he has spoken to the NDMA and concerned authorities.

Update at 10:16: PM Modi has called for a NDMA meeting at 11 am in the aftermath of the gasleak tragedy at Vishakapatnam. 

Update at 10:13: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu speaks to Union Peteroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and MoS G Kishan Reddy and has been assured that peopel are reciveing assistance for their safety. 


Update at 10:10: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan condoles the demise of the victims of the gas leak tragedy. 

Update at 10:06: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi cndoled the demise of victims of the gas leak, asks leaders & party workers to provide support to those affected. 

Update at 10:03: PM Modi speaks to Ministry of Home affairs (MHA) and NDRF officials regarding the gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatnam. 

Update: Union Minster G Kishan Reddy condoles the death of the victims of the gas leak, says he is monitoring the situation closely. 

Update: NDRF teams have reached the spot of the incident and the gas has been neutralized. The impact of the gas leak is said to be around 1-1.5 km but the smell of the steyrene gas was felt 2.5km away. Over 100 people have been shifted to hospitals and an FIR has been registred, according to RK Meena, Police Commissioner, Vishakapatnam.  

Update: Former CM Chandrababu Naidu reacts to gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatnam, appeals to people to take precautions


Update: Death toll of the gas leak tragedy rises to 8. Five persons died in King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam. 2,500 people are being evacuated. Officials are still attempting to break open homes to rescue people. The process is expected to completed by 9:30 am.

Update: CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to leave for Vishakapatnam at 11:45 am to meet victims and monitor rescue operations. Around 2,000 mt tonnes of the chemical gas steyrene was leaked.

Update: Union Minister Piyush Goyal reacts to the gas leak incident

Update: Nearly 70 persons have been hospitalized after the gas leak from the factory, as per PTI. NDRF and SDRF teams are present at the spot and evacuation is underway. 

Three persons, including one child, have died after a chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village in Vishakapatnam on Thursday. The leak from the factory was suspected to have started in the early hours of Thursday between 3 am and 4 am. Residents of Imhachalam, Gopalapatnam, Vepagunta have been evacuated as National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have reached the spot. Other agencies such as local police and fire brigade have also been mobilised.

Dozens of persons are said to be affected by the leak, complaining of breathing difficulties and burning sensation in their eyes.

More details to follow  

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