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A boy affected by a chemical gas leak is carried for medical treatment in Vishakhapatnam, India, Thursday, May 7, 2020.(AP photo)

Styrene gas leak tragedy: NHRC accepts action taken in Andhra Pradesh

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 02:25 PM IST
The Commission had taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of eight persons and over five thousand others falling sick due to leakage of styrene gas in Vizag district of Andhra Pradesh on May 7, 2020.
The NGT also said that LG Polymers was liable for the damage to environment and loss of lives and public health.(AP Photo/File)
The NGT also said that LG Polymers was liable for the damage to environment and loss of lives and public health.(AP Photo/File)

Rs 50 crore deposited by LG Polymers to be used for eco restoration, compensating victims: NGT

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 01:01 AM IST
The NGT also ordered the state to act against those who had given permission to the company to operate in violation of laws.
The plant’s director (operation) and production manager G Raju tried to explain that he and others tried to add para-tertiary butyl catechol to reduce the intensity of the leakage.(AP file photo)
The plant’s director (operation) and production manager G Raju tried to explain that he and others tried to add para-tertiary butyl catechol to reduce the intensity of the leakage.(AP file photo)

LG Polymers staff ran away at time of leak: Panel report

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 07:43 AM IST
The committee, which included retired high court judge justice B Seshaseyana Reddy, conducted the inquiry at the plant on May 11, 12 and 14.
Toxic styrene gas spewed out of the plant near Visakhapatnam on May 7, killing at least 12 people and forcing hundreds to be hospitalised for treatment.(PTI)
Toxic styrene gas spewed out of the plant near Visakhapatnam on May 7, killing at least 12 people and forcing hundreds to be hospitalised for treatment.(PTI)

Andhra HC orders seizure of LG Polymers plant at Vizag

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 08:16 AM IST
The court also ruled that all directors of the company should surrender their passports to the government and shall not be allowed to go outside India without permission of the court.
An unconscious police official being taken for treatment to a hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, at a railway station in Visakhapatnam.(PTI)
An unconscious police official being taken for treatment to a hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, at a railway station in Visakhapatnam.(PTI)

LG chairman apologises over Vizag gas leaks, fire in Seoul plant

Seoul | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 12:52 PM IST
On Wednesday, a fire broke out at LG Chem’s plant in Seosan, around 120 kilometres south of Seoul, killing a researcher and injuring two workers.
The police is on the lookout for another person, Malladi Raghunath, who had allegedly supported her views.(PTI)
The police is on the lookout for another person, Malladi Raghunath, who had allegedly supported her views.(PTI)

Vizag gas leak: 60-yr-old woman arrested for posting objectionable content against LG Polymers

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 04:01 PM IST
The Crime Investigation Department (CID) unit of Guntur Police served a notice on Poonthota Ranganayaki under Section 41-A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
He said the company, which was given permission during the previous N. Chandrababu Naidu regime to operate, would not be allowed to function.(ANI)
He said the company, which was given permission during the previous N. Chandrababu Naidu regime to operate, would not be allowed to function.(ANI)

Stringent action will be taken against LG Polymers: Andhra CM

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 10:42 PM IST
CM Reddy, who held a video conference with the officials and some of those affected by the gas leak, said that the South Korean firm would be held responsible for the tragedy, and action would be taken against its errant employees.
The South Korean chemicals giant has sent an eight-member team from Seoul to investigate the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident and rehabilitate the victims of the tragedy(PTI file photo)
The South Korean chemicals giant has sent an eight-member team from Seoul to investigate the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident and rehabilitate the victims of the tragedy(PTI file photo)

Vizag gas leak: LG Chem to transport Styrene Monomer inventory to South Korea

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2020 01:19 PM IST
The company would continue to work with government agencies to ensure all possible support for bereaved families and victims, LG Polymers, a step-down firm of LG Chem, said in a statement.
Smokes rise from an LG Polymers plant following a gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam.(ANI)
Smokes rise from an LG Polymers plant following a gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam.(ANI)

S.Korea’s LG Chem sends delegation to India to probe deadly gas leak

Seoul | By Reuters | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 05:48 AM IST
An eight-member delegation will meet the affected residents and government officials.
Meanwhile, 367 people affected by the gas leakage from LG Polymers plant were still undergoing treatment in different hospitals, while 200 others having recovered were discharged on Tuesday. (HT photo)
Meanwhile, 367 people affected by the gas leakage from LG Polymers plant were still undergoing treatment in different hospitals, while 200 others having recovered were discharged on Tuesday. (HT photo)

Andhra govt to bear life-long treatment cost of those hit by Vizag gas leak

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 10:03 PM IST
The gas leakage from the storage tank of LG Polymers at RR Venkatapuram on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam on May 7 claimed 12 lives and hundreds of others were hospitalised.
Security guards stand outside LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, on May 7.(Reuters Photo)
Security guards stand outside LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, on May 7.(Reuters Photo)

After Vizag gas leak, Centre issues guidelines for restarting industries post-coronavirus lockdown

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 10:12 AM IST
The MHA order also said that state governments should be prepared to implement a disaster management plan for major accidental hazard units.
The DM Suhas LY also said these factories have been asked to prepare a disaster management plan for emergencies.(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint file photo. Representative image)
The DM Suhas LY also said these factories have been asked to prepare a disaster management plan for emergencies.(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint file photo. Representative image)

Keep poisonous chemicals away from workplaces, GB Nagar district admin warns factories

Hindustan Times, Noida | By Sanjeev K Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 03:14 PM IST
District magistrate Suhas LY said altogether seven companies have been asked to immediately provide their detailed on-site emergency plan along with the names and numbers of contact persons, to the deputy magistrate and deputy commissioner of police (DCP) of their respective areas.
Expressing doubts over the content of the gas leaked from the plant, N Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that though the company claimed that the gas that had leaked was Styrene, there were also reports of other toxic gases being in it.(PTI PHOTO.)
Expressing doubts over the content of the gas leaked from the plant, N Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that though the company claimed that the gas that had leaked was Styrene, there were also reports of other toxic gases being in it.(PTI PHOTO.)

TDP slams YSRC on Vizag gas leak, accuses govt of being lenient with LG Polymers

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 08:05 PM IST
The TDP has accused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government of adopting a soft approach towards the company, with the YSRC digging out past records to prove that it was the previous TDP government led by N Chandrababu Naidu which had allocated extra land to the company to expand its capacity.
Security guards stand outside LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam.(REUTERS)
Security guards stand outside LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam.(REUTERS)

Vizag gas leak: LG Polymers apologises, says normalcy at plant restored

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 05:52 PM IST
The company, in a detailed statement, said it will work with the authorities to investigate the cause of the incident and ensure that such an incident is never repeated.
The gas leakage from the plant was reported on Thursday morning after the company tried to restart operations following the partial easing of the coronavirus lockdown.(PTI photo)
The gas leakage from the plant was reported on Thursday morning after the company tried to restart operations following the partial easing of the coronavirus lockdown.(PTI photo)

LG Polymers says vapour leak caused accident at Vizag plant

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2020 04:51 PM IST
The unit of South Korean chemical giant LG Chem said it is committed to working closely with the concerned authorities to investigate the cause of the incident, prevent recurrence in future and secure the foundation for care and treatment.
Police personnel at the LG Polymers plant, a day after the major chemical gas leak incident, in RR Venkatapuram village in Visakhapatnam(PTI Photo)
Police personnel at the LG Polymers plant, a day after the major chemical gas leak incident, in RR Venkatapuram village in Visakhapatnam(PTI Photo)

Vizag gas leak: 5-member panel to probe lapses, neutralising Styrene gas to take more time

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 07:51 PM IST
Andhra government has asked the committee to also recommend action against the plant if negligence is found on their part.
As many as 11 people were killed in the early morning gas leak on Thursday, May 7 2020 which affected around 1,000 people.(ANI photo)
As many as 11 people were killed in the early morning gas leak on Thursday, May 7 2020 which affected around 1,000 people.(ANI photo)

Over 60% of styrene vapour leak from Vizag plant polymerised: Report

Amravati | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 03:58 PM IST
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney issued an order appointing a high-level probe into the causes behind the gas leak and suggest measures to improve the protocol for industrial safety of similar types of plants.
Vapour comes out from LG Polymers chemical plant after a gas leak, in a village near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Vapour comes out from LG Polymers chemical plant after a gas leak, in a village near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

‘It turned into a fog’: Locals recount Vizag gas leak in which 11 were killed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 07:45 AM IST
As rescuers rushed to take people to the hospital, many others were seen gasping for breath as they tried to flee, disoriented by the vapours.
Chandrababu Naidu demanded that the Visakhapatnam plant be closed down immediately.(Ruben Banerjee/HT Photo)
Chandrababu Naidu demanded that the Visakhapatnam plant be closed down immediately.(Ruben Banerjee/HT Photo)

Vizag gas leak: Opposition expresses grief, demands probe

Hindustan Times, | By HT Correspondent and Agencies
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2020 06:15 AM IST
In a letter to commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal, TDP president and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu demanded that the plant be closed down immediately and a thorough inquiry ordered into the gas leakage.
The report submitted by the BMS president of Andhra Pradesh unit Mannava Sravan Kumar said it was the villagers who alerted authorities about the leakages.(PTI)
The report submitted by the BMS president of Andhra Pradesh unit Mannava Sravan Kumar said it was the villagers who alerted authorities about the leakages.(PTI)

‘No precautionary measure, no emergency alarm’: BMS submits report on Vizag gas leak to NGT

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2020 11:10 PM IST
The report states that neither did the company take any precautionary measures, nor did it use the emergency alarm immediately after the incident to alert people.
Vapour billows out from LG Polymers industry after a major chemical gas leak, in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam, Thursday, May 07, 2020.(PTI)
Vapour billows out from LG Polymers industry after a major chemical gas leak, in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam, Thursday, May 07, 2020.(PTI)

NGT to take up Vizag gas leak case tomorrow

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Harshita Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2020 09:20 PM IST
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel will take up on Friday the matter titled “In re: Gas Leak at LG Polymers Chemical Plant in RR Venkatapuram Village Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh”.
SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav is assisted by others during the budget session in Parliament, in New Delhi, on March 6, 2020.(Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)
SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav is assisted by others during the budget session in Parliament, in New Delhi, on March 6, 2020.(Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav admitted in hospital and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 09:05 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Affected people being taken to a hospital for treatment after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam, Thursday, May 07, 2020.(PTI)
Affected people being taken to a hospital for treatment after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam, Thursday, May 07, 2020.(PTI)

Vizag gas leak: Guj govt to send chemical used as neutraliser

Ahmedabad | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2020 07:26 PM IST
Para-tertiary butyl catechol or PTBC is currently being used in Visakhapatnam to neutralise the effect of the gas leak, said Ashwani Kumar, secretary in the Gujarat chief minister’s office.
An unconscious woman affected by styrene vapour leak from a polymer plant, being carried to a hospital for treatment, in Visakhapatnam on May 7, 2020.(PTI)
An unconscious woman affected by styrene vapour leak from a polymer plant, being carried to a hospital for treatment, in Visakhapatnam on May 7, 2020.(PTI)

Unconscious people, animals turning grey: Scenes outside Vizag plant

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 07:11 PM IST
Not just human beings, hundreds of cattle, poultry birds, dogs and cats were lying motionless on the roads following white fumes of styrene that engulfed the villages in a radius of about 3 km from the chemical plant.
Survivors of the gas leak from LG Polymers in Visakhapatnam on Thursday recovering at a hospital.(ANI)
Survivors of the gas leak from LG Polymers in Visakhapatnam on Thursday recovering at a hospital.(ANI)

How Vizag styrene gas leak unfolded around 3 am: Timeline of the tragedy

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 06:19 PM IST
According to news agency ANI, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief SN Pradhan said about 1,000 to 1,500 people had been evacuated by the authorities and more than 800 taken to hospital.
Smoke is seen at LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, India, May 7, 2020.(REUTERS)
Smoke is seen at LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, India, May 7, 2020.(REUTERS)

Vizag gas leak: Plant produced stuff used to make disposable plastic cutlery

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2020 05:51 PM IST
The company, according to its website, was established in 1961 as ‘Hindustan Polymers’ by the Shriram Group for manufacturing PS and its co-polymers at Visakhapatnam.
Following India will be countries such as China (13.5 million births), Nigeria (6.4 million), Pakistan (5 million) and Indonesia (4 million).
Following India will be countries such as China (13.5 million births), Nigeria (6.4 million), Pakistan (5 million) and Indonesia (4 million).

News updates from Hindustan Times: UN expects a global baby boom led by India due to Covid-19 lockdowns and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 05:01 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The gas leak is reported to have occurred between 3 am and 4 am on Thursday morning.(PTI)
The gas leak is reported to have occurred between 3 am and 4 am on Thursday morning.(PTI)

‘Heart-breaking, Shocking,’ Virat Kohli, Yuvraj offer condolence to families affected in Vizag gas leak

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | edited by Aditya Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 04:19 PM IST
The tragedy that took place in the early hours of Tuesday has left over a thousand sick and a rising death toll.
Visakhapatnam: An affected man being taken for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam.)(PTI)
Visakhapatnam: An affected man being taken for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam.)(PTI)

Vizag gas leak: AP Police shares ‘milk & banana’ formula to neutralise the effect

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 03:42 PM IST
Earlier in the day, Andhra Pradesh DGP Damodar Goutam Sawang said one of the antidotes to the reactions caused by the gas inhalation is drinking a lot of water.
An affected man being taken for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam.(PTI)
An affected man being taken for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Visakhapatnam.(PTI)

Yediyurappa expresses sadness over gas leak incident in Vizag

Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2020 02:32 PM IST
Nine people, including a child, were killed and over 100 hospitalised after a major gas leak at a polymer plant in Visakhapatnam in the wee hours of Thursday.
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