Visakhapatnam’s LG Polyesters Plant
Visakhapatnam LG polymers Gas Leakage:- Thursday incident evoked memories of Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984 when a gas leak at a factory of US chemical firm Union carbide killed thousand.
Then, people including a child, and over hundreds have fallen ill after a gas leak for a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam on Tuesday morning. people in the Gopalpatnam area, where a chemical plant is located, complained of irritation in eyes, breathlessness nausea, and rashes on their bodies.
while eight persons died due to inhaling the styrene gas, to were killed while trying to escape from the area. Thursday incident evoked memories of Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984 when a gas leak at a factory of US chemical firm union carbide killed thousand.
WHERE DID THE GAS TAKE PLACE:- The gas leak happened at the LG polymer plant at Gopalpatnam on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam. workers were preparing for the reopening of the plant today when gas started leaking in the early hours. An FIR has been registered against LG polymers and an inquiry has been ordered.
The LG polymers were established in 1961 as Hindustan polymer for manufacturing polystyrene and it’s a copolymer in Vizag. it was merged with McDowell & Co of the UB group in 1978 and was taken over by South Korea- based LG chem in 1997 which renamed it as LG polymers. The factory manufactures general-purpose polystyrene and high impact polystyrene and, expandable polystyrene, and. engineering plastics compound.
An official of LG Polymers issued a statement that there were 1800 tonnes of styrene in the storage tank. He said that due to stagnation and changes in temperature could have resulted in auto polymerization which could have caused vapourization. we are investigating the incident. Right now there is no leak as it has been contained. we will observe the facility for another four hours and give an all-clear after a thorough inspection, He said.
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL
people found unconscious in lanes, ditches, and near buses where brought to the King George Hospital in the city. children and the elderly were most affected. At least 20 persons have been kept on ventilator in hospitals while 246 persons remain admitted, the DCP said. An official at KGH said that the death toll is likely to go up. Emergency Services personnel who were evacuating people also fell unconscious because of the gas leak.
The most serious cases have been shifted to King George hospital. The situation was very serious until 6 am as the poisonous gas leaked till then. Now, it has eased a bit and we are able to go into the affected villages. a large number of animals including pet dogs, livestock, and bird have died. A team of veterinary doctors has reached the villages to assess the situation. in a couple of hours, the situation should improve, Vizag collector V Vinay Chand said.