Many people have been hospitalised for the treatment. Many people have been hospitalised for the treatment. Around 10,000 people were in the area exposed to the leaking gas on Thursday, which spread within a 2 kilometer (1.2 mile) radius of the facility, according to local commissioner Gummalla. As per report leakage took place at 3 am at LG Polymers industry at RR Venkatpuram. The gas leak occurred as the plant was re-starting operations after coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased, according to Tej Bharath, a senior Vishakhapatnam district official. Delhi, Mumbai, Some people complained of rashes on their body. Copyright © HT Media Limited All rights reserved. At least 11 people have been killed by a massive gas leak at a chemical plant in southern India, with 800 others taken to hospital. A chemical gas leak at a chemical factory in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday killed at least 11 people. As of Friday, 1,500 families had been evacuated from the area, with most currently staying with relatives, Gummalla said. Several persons have died and many people fell sick after a gas leak from a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam. People won't be allowed home until the air is clean, said local commissioner Srijana Gummalla on Friday. ", Asked why it had turned into vapor, the official added: "That is something we need to investigate. Styrene is highly flammable and releases a poisonous gas when burnt. The gas leak … The company also said it was working with investigators to determine the exact cause of the incident. The exact cause of the leakage is yet to be ascertained. Under Indian law, "booked" means that an official investigation has been launched to determine whether charges can be laid. By Vedika Sud, Swati Gupta and Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, India gas leak prompts investigation and evacuations in Visakhapatnam. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/what-is-styrene-the-gas-that-leaked-from-visakhapatnam-plant-and-killed-8/story-jJ85G6EOw5Ezzz2U2HEP9M.html, What is styrene, the gas that leaked from Vizag plant and killed 11, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/gst-invoices-fraud-mastermind-who-created-115-fake-firms-among-59-arrested/story-hNZqfNvV6tbvYWPFf3JUAI.html, GST invoices fraud: ‘Mastermind’ who created 115 fake firms among 59 arrested, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/odisha-cm-naveen-patnaik-writes-to-pm-modi-seeks-clarity-on-timeline-of-board-exams/story-fWa2qJdgQc8lA0JeZdlApO.html, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik writes to PM Modi, seeks clarity on timeline of board exams, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bombay-hc-quashes-woman-s-fir-against-doctor-husband-over-covid-19-duty/story-zeTFPbzGuI7yrmfRKeYaaI.html, Bombay HC quashes woman’s FIR against doctor husband over Covid-19 duty, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/nepali-citizen-arrested-with-leopard-skin-in-uttarakhand-s-champawat/story-x3CUSV0VZoxAm9SIb8IBpJ.html, Nepali citizen arrested with leopard skin in Uttarakhand’s Champawat, What is Styrene, the gas that leaked from Visakhapatnam plant and killed 11, hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi. Leaked gas can cause vomiting and dizziness from inhaling. Three of the dead were children, he said. Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal Around 1,200 villagers are in 17 state-run shelters that can house up to 10,000 people, she added. © AFP via Getty Images Smokes rise from an LG Polymers plant following a gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam on May 7, 2020. The deadly incident is reminiscent of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, when a gas leak at a pesticide plant killed nearly 4,000 people in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. In a statement to CNN, LG Chem, the South Korean owner, said it was taking measures to protect residents affected by the leak.