The incident of poisonous gas leaking from a chemical industry in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is very sad. More than ten people died in this and hundreds of people have become ill, who are being treated in different hospitals. The condition of some of the injured is critical.
The leakage of gas in the LG Polymer Industry in RR Venkatapuram village near Visakhapatnam city started early in the morning. It is being told that after two rounds of lockdown, preparations were being made to resume the factory's work, when the accident occurred.
The effect of the gas persisted for a few hours and people around it began to faint on the streets. He was feeling dizzy and felt burning in his body. Cattle were also in a bad condition and many of them were killed by being tied to pegs. More than 5 thousand people have been affected due to this incident. According to experts, the gas released from the plant is called styrene, which has a direct effect on the brains and spine of those who come in contact.
Styrene easily mixes with oxygen after entering the outdoor environment, which causes the carbon mono oxide portion in the air to rise. People exposed to styrene after exposure to it also have a bad effect on their lungs and start feeling suffocated. However, the gas leak has been controlled but there is panic and panic in the area. Many villages around the factory have been evacuated.
The NDRF team reached the spot and engaged in rescue operations. He says that the maximum impact of the gas was about one and a half km but its odor spread to two and a half km. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called an emergency meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) regarding the incident.
On one hand, people are facing a variety of problems due to the Corona crisis and lockdown, above all this incident has spread different panic among the people living around the industrial areas across the country.
The incident should be closely investigated as to why it happened. Is it not because of the lockdown that the factory tanks and machines could not be maintained properly?
Especially in the chemical industries, regular inspection of many things is required. It is possible that it has been interrupted due to lockdown or negligence at some stage.
These things should come before the country so that such accidents can be avoided in the remaining lockdowns. People affected by the gas leak in Visakhapatnam should be provided relief from every aspect and the safety arrangements of all factories in the country should be reviewed.
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