‘Evacuation precautionary’: Vizag police dismiss report of second gas leak
The development comes in the backdrop of styrene gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in Vishakhapatnam’s RR Venkatapuram village early Thursday that left 11 people dead, 25 critically ill and close to 1,000 were reported sick.Updated: May 08, 2020, 07:35 IST
Police in Visakhapatnam on Friday rejected late night reports of another gas leak at the chemical plant in RR Venkatapuram village and said that the order to evacuate people from nearby areas was only precautionary, according to news agency ANI.
People residing in the 2 km radius of the surrounding gas leakage area were ordered to evacuate late Thursday night.
Vishakhapatnam Police Commissioner RK Meena assured people that there was no need to panic and that the evacuation was only a precautionary measure.
“People are requested to evacuate the area only within 2 km radius of the spot as a precautionary measure. People beyond the 2 km radius don’t need to evacuate or come out on the road. No need to panic,” the police commissioner was quoted as saying.
The development comes in the backdrop of styrene gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in Vishakhapatnam’s RR Venkatapuram village early Thursday that left 11 people dead, 25 critically ill and close to 1,000 were reported sick.
Late Thursday, ANI quoted Visakhapatnam District Fire Officer Sandeep Anand as saying, “Around 50 fire staffers, with NDRF’s support, are carrying out the operation. We’ve ordered evacuation of villages in 2-3 km radius for safe side precautions.” Ten more fire tenders, including two foam tenders were present at the spot while ambulances have been kept ready for any emergency, he added.
State authorities and officials from LG Polymers are probing the cause of the leakage. However, a preliminary situation report by district officials said the trigger was a malfunction in equipment, which caused the temperature to rise and the organic compound styrene – normally a liquid – to vaporise.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced Rs 1 crore each as compensation to the next of kin of the deceased. Those undergoing treatment on ventilator would get Rs 10 lakh each while others who are hospitalised but not on ventilator, would received Rs 1 lakh each as compensation.