LG Chem says India factory gas leak under control, investigating cause

LG Chem says India factory gas leak under control, investigating cause

The LG Polymers plant is located about 14 kilometres outside Visakhapatnam, an industrial port city in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

LG Corp. said in a statement that the "gas leakage is now under control, but the leaked gas can cause nausea and dizziness, so we are investing every effort to ensure proper treatment is provided swiftly".

The National Disaster Response Force's Director-General S N Pradhan said, "This is Styrene gas that affects the central nervous system, throat, skin, eyes and some other parts of the body".

Early morning leakage from LG Polymers, which manufactures general objective polystyrene, high impact polystyrene and coloured polystyrene caused panic in several areas of the city in the industrial belt Mindhi and Gajuwaka.

He said that NDRF has been able to rescue people out of the affected area. 500 kg of Para-tertiary butyl catechol (PTBC) chemical will be airlifted from Daman by Andhra Pradesh government for neutralizing the gas leakage in Visakhapatnam plant. An official at KGH said that death toll may go up.

Areas within an approximately 3km (nearly two-mile) radius of the plant were vulnerable, the municipal corporation said in a tweet.

Residents said the gas leak began at about 3:30 a.m, when they were woken by a pungent smell.

Around 3,500 people, mainly in shanties around the plant operated by Union Carbide, died in the days that followed and thousands more in the following years.

Thursday's incident brought back bad memories of a gas leak at an factory of USA chemical firm Union Carbide that killed thousands in the central Indian city of Bhopal in 1984, but thankfully it was on a far smaller scale. The factory was originally run by Hindustan Polymers, a company which started operations in 1961. "Gas by itself gives you irritation and causes irritation in mucus membrane", said Director General of Police Gautam Sawang.

AITUC leader Murthy said the chemical plant encroached upon 12 acres of government land. TV pictures on Thursday morning showed people on the floor who were probably passed out and animals with foam at the mouth. She said the evacuation of people is needed and advised them to wear wet masks to protect themselves.

He was asked about the gas leak from the multinational L G Polymers Plant at R R Venkatapuram village near Visakhapatnam and whether the United Nations is involved in any way with efforts.

Many people fell unconscious during their sleep.

Other effects include gastrointestinal and respiratory effects and headaches, depression, fatigue and weakness, hearing loss, balance and concentration problems, cancer are some other long terms effects that have been reported by the US's National Institutes of Health (NIH).

New generations have been made ill by the polluted groundwater and poisonous breast milk fed to them from birth.

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