Chemical gas leakage at pharma plant in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam, eight dead

South India

Eight persons including a child died and and several fell ill after an alleged gas leak was reported at a chemical plant in Vizag on Thursday. 


The incident occurred at LG Polymers in Andhra Pradesh's in RR Venkatapuram village in Visakhapatnam around 3 am today.

Soon after the incident, police, fire tenders and ambulances reached the spot to control the situation.

According to the report, the incident led to panic among locals in the 3km-radius area. People were admitted to hospital after they complained of burning sensation in eyes and breathing difficulties. 

As per the media reports, a team of police and National Disaster Relief Force is evacuating people from the nearby villages. 

"There is gas leakage identified at LG Polymers in Gopalpatnam. Requesting Citizens around these locations not to come out of houses for the sake of safety precautions," the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation tweeted.

Vizag district collector V Vinay Chand rushed to the spot and is actively monitoring the situation. 

The national disaster relief teams from NDRF and SDRF have been deployed to mitigate the situation.  

The exact cause of the incident is yet to be identified.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is also scheduled to visit the city and take stock of the situation.


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