Gas leak at pharma plant in Visakhapatnam; 2 dead, 4 hospitalised

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At least two people were killed and four taken ill late on Monday night after benzimidazole gas leaked at Sainor Life Sciences in Visakhapatnam's Parawada Pharma City.

 

According to the report, of the four affected employees, one is said to be serious, and being put on ventilator support .They are undergoing treatment at Gajuwaka private hospital. 

The deceased have been identified as Narendra and Gowri Shankar. Narendra was the shift incharge when the incident occurred.

District Collector V Vinay Chand and Police Commissioner R K Meena visited the company to take stock of the situation.

According to the official report, the situation was now under control as the leak was restricted to one unit in the Sainor Life Sciences company.

“The situation is under control now. The two persons who died were workers and were present at the leakage site. Gas has not spread anywhere else,” Uday Kumar, an inspector with the Parwada Police Station, was quoted as saying by ANI.

The cause of the leak that took place in a reactor unit at the plant is yet to be established.

A statement by Andhra Pradesh CM's Office said that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has enquired about the accident, and the factory was shut down immediately as a precautionary measure.

The incident comes nearly two months after 12 people were killed and over 1000 taken ill after gas leak at a chemical plant here.

 A major gas leak occurred in LG Polymers chemical plant on May 7 causing the death of at least 12 people.
 

With inputs from Agency

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