Gas Leak at Industrial Plant in India Leaves More Than a Dozen Dead and Thousands Ill


Early Thursday morning, a gas leak occured at the LG Polymers chemical plant in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India. The effects could be felt as much as 3km away from the plant as people were seen laying in the streets unconscious and others complained of having rashes and sore eyes. Police evacuated towns and villages in a 2km radius surrounding the plant. As of right now, 13 are dead and over 5,000 have fallen ill. Of those ill, at least 128 have been admitted to the hospital with 98 of them recovering so far. It's not yet clear if the death toll will rise. According to the Times of India, the northern part of Andhra Pradesh is home to over 2,900 small and large industrial units. In the past six years 30 have died and 60 people have been injured in industrial accidents in that region. Between 2015-2018, India experienced 157 industrial accidents leading to 195 deaths and 1,109 injuries. In 1984,a gas leak at the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal lead to the deaths of at least 3,787 people.

Stay safe and have a good one,

Brodie


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