A chemical gas leak at an LG Polymers plant in southern India Thursday killed at least nine people, and emergency services rushed over 300 to hospital and evacuated hundreds more from nearby areas, a police delegate in Andhra Pradesh state stated.
South Korean battery manufacturer LG Chemical, the proprietor of the facility, located around 14 kilometers away from Visakhapatnam city, mentioned the gas leak had been brought under control.
“We’re looking into the exact damages, cause of the death and details of the incident,” the corporate mentioned in a statement.
The commissioner of the Visakhapatnam city company said styrene leaked from the plant during the early hours of the morning, when families in the surrounding villages were asleep.
Srijana Gummalla, Commissioner, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, said the plant had been reopened in the past few days after India eased a nationwide lockdown that had been imposed on March 25 to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Swarupa Rani, an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Visakhapatnam, said a minimum of 9 people had died, and between 300-400 were hospitalized. One other 1,500 people had been evacuated, mainly from a neighboring village.
Areas within a roughly 3-kilometer (practically 2-mile) radius of the plant had been vulnerable, the municipal corporation stated in a tweet. Cross-referencing maps of the affected area, there’s at least one coronavirus containment zone in the neighborhood.
In an interview with a local news channel, S.N. Pradhan, director-general of the National Disaster Response Force, mentioned the situation is now under control at the leak site.