( Kajal Singh intern journalist):
Visakhapatnam. A major accident occurred due to a gas leak at a factory in
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, this morning. So far, 11 people have died in the gas leaking incident. The gas leak incident occurred in a factory in RR Venkatapuram village in Visakhapatnam. At least 11 people, including a child, have died in an accident caused by a Styrene gas leak in the LG Polymer Industry of RR Venkatapuram village. After this accident, 800 people were admitted to the hospital.
- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has said that a compensation of Rs one crore will be given to the families of the deceased in the gas leak accident and Rs 10 lakh will be given as compensation to the patients who went on a ventilator.
- Ashwani Kumar, personal secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has informed that 500 kg para-tertiary butyl catechol (PTBC) chemical will be airlifted from Daman by the Andhra Pradesh government to neutralize the gas leakage at the Visakhapatnam plant.
- News agency PTI has informed that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy announced an assistance of Rs one crore to give relief to the families of those killed in the Visakhapatnam gas leak accident. Apart from this, cash assistance will be given to the injured in the accident.
- National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General SN Pradhan has informed that the death toll in Visakhapatnam Gas Leak Accident has increased to 11. NDRF Director General SN Pradhan informed that the leakage from the factory is now minimal, But the NDRF will remain until it is completely over.
- National Disaster Management Authority during the press briefing on the accident stated that it is a chemical disaster, the reaction requires expertise on the chemical side, chemical management side, medical side as well as evacuation side. In the meeting, the Prime Minister took stock of what should be the reaction of the board.
- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy met people admitted at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam.
- The Navy has come forward to help hospitalized patients after the Vikhakhapatnam gas leak accident. The Indian Navy informed that 5 more portable multi-feed oxygen manifold sets were provided to King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam. A technical team from Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, is present in the hospital this morning to
provide further assistance to provide oxygen to a large number of patients. According to the Navy, the portable multitude oxygen manifold system was designed to enable a jumbo size oxygen bottle to supply oxygen to six patients for the COVID-19 pandemic. The district administration was provided with 25 such sets for use in COVID
- Dr. PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, held a high-level review meeting with the Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, NDMA, NDRF, AIIMS director, and medical experts on the situation in the Visakhapatnam gas leak case.
The Principal Secretary to the PM, Dr. PK Mishra has directed to send a team of experts to Visakhapatnam and has taken measures for relief, rescue and short term as well as long term medical effects. A detailed press briefing will be held at the National Media Centre in Delhi at 2.15 pm today.
- Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the Visakhapatnam gas leak accident. Kohli wrote on Twitter that my condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the Visakhapatnam gas leak. Prayer for recovery of all affected in hospital.
- Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has expressed grief over this accident. He wrote on Twitter that his thoughts and prayers are with the affected families. I am deeply saddened by the incident in Visakhapatnam.
- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has left for Visakhapatnam.
He will go to King George Hospital, where he will meet hospitalized people.
- Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Gautam Sawang said that Visakhapatnam gas leak is an accident. The company was strictly following all protocols. It is currently under investigation. Forensic teams are also being sent to the spot.
- Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Gautam Sawang has informed that 8 people have died so far in the Visakhapatnam gas leak accident. DGP informed that the gas has been controlled. About 800 were hospitalized, many were discharged. How this happened will be investigated.
- Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister MG Reddy told that after the gas leakage was reported in the factory, the lockdown process was started immediately. The local administration was informed. The gas was immediately neutralized into a harmless liquid. But some gas, The factory moved out of the premises and reached nearby areas, affecting the people. He said that the company that was managing it should be responsible for the incident. They have to come forward and tell us which protocols were followed and which were not followed. Accordingly, criminal action will be taken against him.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) in view of the situation in Visakhapatnam. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are also present in the meeting.
- The NDRF chief has said that the gas leak incident occurred in a plastic factory in Visakhapatnam. The factory was closed during lockdown. It was being prepared to reopen.
- President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident. He said that he was saddened by the news of a gas leak at a plant near Visakhapatnam, which took many lives. My condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the recovery of the injured and for the safety of all.
Expressing grief over the accident, BJP President JP Nadda said that it was deeply saddened to hear about the gas leak incident. My deepest condolences to the families of the dead, I pray for everyone’s well being. I request the party workers to provide all possible relief in coordination with the administration, following the health protocol.
Remembered the Bhopal gas tragedy
On the night of 2-3 December 1984,
A Poisonous gas leak named Methyl Isocyanate
(MIC) was detected from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal. More than three thousand
people died due to leakage of this poisonous gas.
- NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) Director-General SN Pradhan reported that local people reported irritation to the throat and skin and some toxic infections, then the police and administration swung into action. About 1000–1500 people have been evacuated, of which more than 800 have been taken to the hospital.
- The governor expressed grief over the incident of a gas leak in Visakhapatnam. He has ordered the officials to carry out rescue operations on a war footing. The governor suggested availing the services of Red Cross volunteers in rescue operations. He has ordered the Visakhapatnam Red Cross Unit to constitute medical camps.
- PM Narendra Modi has spoken to Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy about the situation in Visakhapatnam. Giving information, the Prime Minister’s Office said that during the talks, he has assured all help and support.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the incident in Visakhapatnam is disturbing. I have spoken to NDMA officials and concerned officials. We are constantly
and closely monitoring the situation. I pray for the well being of the people of Visakhapatnam.
- The NDRF DG told news agency ANI that a total of 27 persons are involved in the relief and rescue operations being carried out by the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), which specializes in dealing with gas leaks. 80 to 90 percent clearance has been completed.
- In the initial report related to the incident, it is being told that the accident occurred due to leakage of Styrene gas. This gas is also known as PVC gas.
- Visakhapatnam District Collector Vinay Chand visited King George Hospital, where the affected people are being treated
It has been informed by the Prime Minister’s Office that in view of the gas leakage situation in Visakhapatnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of ND MA at 11 am today.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted that he has spoken to the Ministry of Home Affairs and NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) officials regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam. This incident is being closely monitored. I pray for the safety and welfare of all in Visakhapatnam.
- DGP of Andhra Pradesh DG Sawang has informed that so far 7 people have died in Andhra Pradesh. One of these deaths occurred in a well while trying to escape.
According to the DGP, the incident took place at around 3:30 this morning. The evacuation operation is still going on. The plant was closed due to a nationwide lockdown.
On the incident of Visakhapatnam gas leak, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kishan Reddy said that my condolences to the families of those who died. I have spoken to the Chief Secretary of the state and the DGP to take stock of the situation. Instructed the NDRF teams to provide necessary relief measures. Hundreds of people were affected
by an unprecedented and unfortunate incident. I spoke to the Home Secretary, GOI, and requested him to provide the necessary assistance.
-Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will leave for
Visakhapatnam. He will go to King George Hospital where the affected area being treated. The Chief Minister is closely monitoring the situation and has instructed the district machinery to take immediate steps and provide all assistance.
The Chief Minister’s Office of Andhra Pradesh said that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has inquired about the gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam and directed the district officials to take all possible steps to save lives and bring the situation under control.
-Earlier, CP RK Meena of Visakhapatnam city told me that the gas leak has been controlled. NDRF teams have reached the spot. According to RK Meena, the maximum impact of the gas leak was about one to one and a half km but the smell spread over an area of 2 to 2.5 km. 100 to 120 people are currently hospitalized. A total of 3 persons died in this incident. An FIR has been registered. According to CP RK Meena, it was a styline gas leak. We have evacuated the village. Now we are searching door-to-door.
-In this incident, the LG Polymer Industry of RR Venkatapuram village came to light, people were rushed to the hospital after complaining of eye irritation and difficulty in breathing.
Police, fire tenders, ambulances have reached the spot and relief and rescue operations are going on. ACP Swaroop Rani of West Zone said that the chemical gas leak from the industry has spread over 3 km, while according to the news agency PTI, 70 people have been admitted to the hospital so far in this incident of the gas leak in Visakhapatnam.
- Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy inquired about the incident and directed the District Collector of Visakhapatnam to ensure proper medical care for the affected people. An eyewitness said that many people were lying unconscious on the ground. The incident took place at a polymer unit located around the Naduthota area near Gopalapatnam.