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.
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.
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
Criminal case registered against management of chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh where gas leak occurred, says Police.
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
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.
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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.
After the request of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani gave the orders to chemical companies in Vapi to send the chemical by road to Daman: Ashwani Kumar, Secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani #VizagGasLeak https://t.co/cQ6yedQWHz— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2020
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.
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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.
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Shocked to learn of the Vizag gas leak. Our deepest condolences to all who have been affected.
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.
On behalf of the people of Israel, I send our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased in the #VizagGasLeak. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of #Visakhapatnam and @AndhraPradeshCM in the wake of this tragedy.— Ron Malka ð®ð± (@DrRonMalka) May 7, 2020
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.
At the time of COVID lockdown 3.0 hardship & deaths, a dozen deaths & over 100 injuries in the gas leakage at Vizag in Andhara Pradesh when workers were preparing for the reopening of the factory is very saddening and disturbing. Deep condolences to the families of the victims.— Mayawati (@Mayawati) May 7, 2020
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.
#VizagGasLeak: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy leaves for Visakhapatnam. He will be visiting King George Hospital where the affected persons are being treated. pic.twitter.com/ViCxnxfTwT— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2020
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.
The loss of lives due to gas leak in Visakhapatnam is disturbing. My heartfelt condolences to the families. #VizagGasLeak— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) May 7, 2020
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.
Deeply anguished to hear about the tragic gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam.— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 7, 2020
My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones & prayers for well being and speedy recovery for those hospitalised.
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.
Saddened by the news of gas leak in a plant near Visakhapatnam which has claimed several lives. My condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the recovery of the injured and the safety of all.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 7, 2020
I am confident that the administration is doing everything possible to bring the situation under control at the earliest.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 7, 2020
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.
Deeply pained to hear about the tragic gas leak in Visakhapatnam. My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased, I pray for the well being of all.— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) May 7, 2020
I urge party workers to provide all possible relief in coordination with the administration, following all health protocols.
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.
In an ongoing effort to assist the rescue operations in #Gasleak incident in Vizag, a #helpdesk is being set up at Dept of Industries GM office in Vizag.— Mekapati Goutham Reddy Official (@MekapatiGoutham) May 7, 2020
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A dedicated team will provide all the required assistance and also our Department team is on-site, manning rescue operations. Request all, not to panic, and help us tide over this. (2/2)— Mekapati Goutham Reddy Official (@MekapatiGoutham) May 7, 2020
Update on Gas Leak Accident in Vizag:— Mekapati Goutham Reddy Official (@MekapatiGoutham) May 7, 2020
We are in touch with Vizag Dist Collectorate and management of LG polymers. Sources say, it is not an LPG leak, and situation is being brought under control. (1/2)
We have instructed concerned authorities to take required measures on a war footing. Villages evacuation is underway. Request citizens not to panic and cooperate with authorities. (2/2)— Mekapati Goutham Reddy Official (@MekapatiGoutham) May 7, 2020
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.
Painful news from Visakhapatnam. I am deeply pained by the loss of lives due to the tragic incident. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for the safety and well-being of all the people in Visakhapatnam.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 7, 2020
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.
Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in Vishakhapatnam because of the the gas leak. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones. I pray for everyone’s well being.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 7, 2020
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.
Shocked to know about the terrible #VizagGasLeak tragedy. My condolences to the bereaved families, who have lost their loved ones. May God give them strength to bear this loss. Prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured.#vishakhapatnam #AndhraPradesh— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 7, 2020
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.
Distressed to learn about the gas leak incident at LG Polymers industry in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh this morning.— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) May 7, 2020
The situation is being monitored closely and all assistance is being provided. I pray for the safety and well-being of people in Vizag.
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.
The incident in Vizag is disturbing.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 7, 2020
Have spoken to the NDMA officials and concerned authorities. We are continuously and closely monitoring the situation.
I pray for the well-being of the people of Visakhapatnam.
Update at 10:16: PM Modi has called for a NDMA meeting at 11 am in the aftermath of the gasleak tragedy at Vishakapatnam.
In the wake of the situation in Visakhapatnam, PM @narendramodi has called for a meeting of the NDMA at 11 AM.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 7, 2020
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.
Deeply distressed by the loss of lives due to gas leak from chemical plant of a private company in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. My condolences to bereaved families and wishes for speedy recovery of those taken ill.— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) May 7, 2020
Spoke to Union Petroleum Minister Sri Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Sri G Kishan Reddy. They assured that needed assistance is being given to ensure safety of the people.— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) May 7, 2020
Union Home Secretary informed that NDRF teams have been rushed to the affected areas to assist the local administration in the relief operations.— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) May 7, 2020
Update at 10:10: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan condoles the demise of the victims of the gas leak tragedy.
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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.
I’m shocked to hear about the— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 7, 2020
#VizagGasLeak . I urge our Congress workers & leaders in the area to provide all necessary support & assistance to those affected. My condolences to the families of those who have perished. I pray that those hospitalised make a speedy recovery.
Update at 10:03: PM Modi speaks to Ministry of Home affairs (MHA) and NDRF officials regarding the gas leak tragedy at Vishakapatnam.
Spoke to officials of MHA and NDMA regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 7, 2020
I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam.
Update: Union Minster G Kishan Reddy condoles the death of the victims of the gas leak, says he is monitoring the situation closely.
My condolences to the families of 5 people who passed away due to gas leak at a Pvt firm in Vizag, AP early hours today.Spoke to the CS& DGP of AP to take stock of the situation. Instructed NDRF teams to provide necessary relief measures. I'm continuously monitoring the situation— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) May 7, 2020
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
Shocked to learn about the death of 3 people & hundreds being affected by a gas leak from a plant near #Visakhapatnam. @jaitdp leaders and cadre must be readily available to help people in distress. I urge everyone to take necessary precautions as advised by the officials.— N Chandrababu Naidu #StayHomeSaveLives (@ncbn) May 7, 2020
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
Deeply distressed to hear about the Vizag Gas Leak incident in Andhra Pradesh this morning.— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 7, 2020
Praying for the safety and well being of all, my thoughts are with the people of Vizag and their bereaved families in this hour of need.
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