The death toll in the Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals (GNFC) Ltd gas leakage incident reached five after one of the affected contract workers died at a private hospital in Vadodara Friday afternoon. The condition of three other workers, admitted to different hospitals in Vodadara, is also stated to be critical. The worker who died in the afternoon was identified as Mohammed Vazir Ansari.
Leak of toxic phosgene gas at GNFC’s Toluene diisocyanate (TDI) unit had claimed lives of five workers and affected nine others. Following the incident that took place around Wednesday midnight, GNFC plant at Rahiyad village near Dahej in Bharuch district has been shut down.
The company has announced Rs 8 lakh ex gratia to family members of the deceased workers.
Talking to The Indian Express, Dahej police inspector Vipul Patel said, “We are waiting for the FSL and factory inspector report and later we would decide our future course of action. Three are still undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Vadodara, while others have been discharged.”