Yet another gas leak in AP – 26 workers hospitalized after ammonia gas leak in Chittoor

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At least 26 people were hospitalised late on Thursday evening after ammonia gas leak occurred in a dairy firm in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, according to a Zee News report.

The incident took place in M Bandapalli area of Puthalapattu Mandal of the district where the tank leakage occurred in a private dairy firm, Hatsun. While some have been shifted to Chittoor Govt Hospital, the critical cases were rushed to the Vellore CMC Hospital in Tamil Nadu. The District Collector Narayana Bharat Gupta is monitoring the condition.

He said that the condition of three of them is said to be serious, but they are out of danger as they had no other complications. “If necessary, they would be shifted to Tirupati hospital for better treatment. They would be under observation for three days,” Gupta was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.

He said that the reasons for the leakage of the gas were being ascertained. However, the situation was brought under control instantly and all those who had fallen sick were shifted to Chittoor government hospital, he said adding that a comprehensive inquiry would be conducted into the incident.

It comes three months after a deadly gas leak near the port city of Visakhapatnam, at a plant operated by a unit of South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd, killed 12 and led to the hospitalisation of hundreds. There have been a series such mishaps in the state in the last few months.

In June, an ammonia gas leak at SPY Agro Industries in Nandyal town of Andhra’s Kurnool district killed one person, the General Manager of the plant. The plant was manufacturing Extra Neutral Alcohol.

A couple of days later, Vizag saw a benzimidazole gas leakage at a pharma company which killed at least two persons. The incident occurred at Sainor Life Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City in Visakhapatnam's Parawada area.

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