Visakhapatnam gas leak LIVE news updates: After 11 people died due to a gas leak at a chemical factory in Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakhapatnam, the Union Home Ministry on Thursday issued an advisory for the general public about the things to be done and not be done following such an incident. According to the advisory, the exposure of styrene is through ingestion, inhalation or contact (skin). In case of contact with styrene, immediately flush eyes or skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes, it said.
Meanwhile, Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda Thursday urged all public and private chemical makers to exercise caution and care while reopening their plants. The Centre has also decided to dispatch a special team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Pune. The gas leak happened at the LG Polymer plant at Gopalapatnam on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam. Workers were preparing for the reopening of the plant today when gas started leaking in the early hours. An FIR has been registered against LG Polymers and an inquiry has been ordered.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced Rs 1 crore compensation to the kin of the dead. The government will also offer jobs to people who are victims of the gas leak and the kin of the family of the dead. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation and assured all possible assistance to state Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The prime minister also chaired a meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to assess the situation.