Vizag Gas Leak Case: In Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, 11 people lost their lives in a gas leak accident on Thursday. More than a thousand people from nearby villages have been affected in the accident.
Around two dozen people are in critical condition and have been put on a ventilator. People are facing difficulty in breathing due to the effect of gas stearin used in making synthetic rubber. The state government has ordered an inquiry to find out the reasons for the gas leak.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the families of the deceased. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have expressed grief over the accident.
How Vizag Gas Leak Tragedy Unfolded
The gas leak occurred around 2:30 am when people were fast asleep at the factory of LG Polymers, operated by the South Korean company LG Chem, The gas quickly spread to the surrounding areas.
Many people had come under the influence of gas until they were awakened due to shouting. Many people fainted while being in their sleep.
Some villages within a radius of about five kilometers of the factory have been affected. The factory is located in R. R. Venkatapuram village. One child is also among those who lost their lives. At the same time, two people died after falling in a borewell as they were trying to escape from the gas leak.
The factory was shut down during lockdown. Police and rescuers took people to the hospital. The condition of some policemen who came to save people has also deteriorated due to gas leak.
Around 250 families living within a radius of three kilometers have been evacuated to safer places. Animals and birds have also fainted due to gas. The company was established in 1961 under the name of Hindustan Polymers. It was acquired by South Korean company LG Chem in July 1997 and was renamed LG Polymers India Private Limited.
Sources say that the gas leak was stopped in the morning, but the effect continued to emerge until several hours later. As the day passed, the severity of the accident came to light. Hundreds of villagers are experiencing eye irritation, shortness of breath, and dizziness. A large number of the affected are children. People are helping each other as much as possible. Officials say most people simply need first aid.
LG Chem says that the gas leak has been controlled. However, there may be complaints of gas dizziness, so adequate treatment is being ensured for every affected person. The company is trying to find out the real cause of the gas leak. The company said that the factory was closed due to the lockdown, so no company employee was killed in the incident. South Korea’s ambassador to India Shin Bong Kil has described the incident as tragic and unfortunate.
This day was indeed the day of tragedy for all of us and a similar incident took place in Raigarh, Chattisgarh where the gas leak occurred in a paper mill due to which 7 people have been hospitalized and 3 people have been declared critical.
Don’t we remember the day of 2nd December 1984 when Bhopal saw the gas leak in the Union Carbide pesticide plant the horrific signs of which are still evident.
For these two incidents, we can only show our grief and pray for the swift recovery of those casualties who are battling for their lives. as we have seen just the pre-math ill effect of these gas tragedies and god forbids but we are sure to see aftermath effect signs for the future to come.
A day of tragedy is the Vizag gas leak incident which needs transparent investigation followed by compensation for the affected people and control management for future accidents not to take place ever again.