Posionus Gas leaked from LG Polymers chemical plant of Visakhapatnam. At least 8 people died including a child and over 1000 are sick. People were found unconscious in lanes and near houses and were taken to hospitals. The surrounding villages have been evacuated.
The gas leaked from large tanks which were unmanaged for months due to lockdown since March.
Established in 1969, the LG Polymers manufacturing plant produces hypol and EPS polymers, polystyrene, expandable polystyrene and other styrene polymers.
The plant had been shut for 40 days due to the nationwide lockdown in force to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The leakage is believed to have taken place when the plant’s employees were preparing to reopen it following some recent relaxations announced by the government.