He was asked about the gas leak from the multinational LG Polymers Plant at RR Venkatapuram village near Visakhapatnam and whether the UN is involved in any way with efforts. We are going to our relative's place," added Ramana, who has two children aged 8 and 12. © Provided by The Indian Express A crowd gathers outside the LG Polymers plant from where chemical gas leaked in Vishakhapatnam, India, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena told The Indian Express that four persons died due to breathing the gas while two persons died of accidents while escaping. AA + Text Size. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam. "We woke up to the smell of gas. The NGT said that Styrene gas is a hazardous chemical as defined under Rule 2(e) read with Entry 583 of Schedule I to the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules, 1989 and the Rules require on-site and off-site Emergency Plans to ensure prevention of damage. 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At this difficult time, it becomes even more important that we have access to information that has a bearing on our health and well-being, our lives, and livelihoods. As a subscriber, you are not only a beneficiary of our work but also its enabler. He met the affected people at King George Hospital in the city. "We have issued guidelines and protocol to all industries for safe reopening of factories. "Having regard to the prima facie material regarding the extent of damage to life, public health and environment, we direct LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd to forthwith deposit an initial amount of Rs 50 crore, with the District Magistrate, Vishakhapatnam, which will abide by further orders of this tribunal. Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: The NGT issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, L … The Hindu has always stood for journalism that is in the public interest. We also reiterate here the promise that our team of reporters, copy editors, fact-checkers, designers, and photographers will deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda. Your support for our journalism is invaluable. In a statement, NDRF DG S N Pradhan said over 1,000 people living close to factory have been exposed to the gas leak. The matter was taken up suo-motu (on its own) by NGT on the basis of media reports to the effect that leakage of hazardous gas, Styrene, took place on May 7 from a chemical factory owned by the South Korean company LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd, R.R. (PTI Photo). Read in Malayalam | Tamil | Bengali. And I think these kinds of incidents need to be fully investigated by the local authorities, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing. Vegan vs. Keto: How Do These Two Diets Compare? I'm continuously monitoring the situation," he tweeted. A major early morning chemical leak from a polymer plant near Visakhapatnam impacted villages in a five-km radius, leaving many people dead and scores of citizens suffering from breathlessness and other problems, as the AP government ordered a probe into the issue. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) soldier is fitted with gear before he proceeds to the area from where chemical gas leaked in Vishakhapatnam, India, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy enquired about the gas leak incident and directed the district officials to take every possible step to save lives and bring the situation under control. Cries for help broke the silence of the night and many people fell unconscious in their sleep, a villager said. He, however, maintained that the situation was now under control. The NGT issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, LG Polymers India, Andhra Pradesh State Pollution Control Board, Central Pollution Control Board, Vishakhapatnam District Magistrate and sought their response before May 18, the next date of hearing. © Provided by The Indian Express It’s a support for truth and fairness in journalism. I’m not aware that we’re involved in anyway, Dujarric said. The gas leak from a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam, that killed at least 11 people and impacted about 1,000, needs to be fully investigated by local authorities, a spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. "Leakage from factory is now minimal, NDRF will be there till it is totally plugged," Pradhan said. Emergency services personnel who were evacuating people also fell unconscious because of the gas leak. Hours after the styrene gas leak around 2:30 am on Thursday from the multinational LG Polymers Plant at RR Venkatapuram village near here, scores of people could be seen lying unconscious on sidewalks, near ditches and on the road, raising fears of a major industrial disaster. Instructed NDRF teams to provide necessary relief measures. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda. © Provided by The Indian Express The situation was very serious till 6 am as the poisonous gas leaked till then. "The incident in Vizag is disturbing. My condolences to the families of those who have perished. Read | Vizag gas leak: All you need to know about LG Polymers factory. Officials said that they have not been able to contact anyone at the LG polymers unit. Hours after the styrene gas leak around 2.30 a.m. from the multinational LG Polymers Plant at RR Venkatapuram village near here, scores of people could be seen lying unconscious on sidewalks, near ditches and on the road, raising fears of a major industrial disaster. The committee will be at liberty to take assistance of such experts, individuals and institutions as may be considered necessary," the bench said. Only a thorough investigation will reveal what exactly happenned," Reddy said. Bhopal Gas Leak (Processing of Claims) Act, 1985 : It gives powers to the central government to secure the claims arising out of or connected with the Bhopal gas tragedy. Track Latest News Live on NDTV.com. It has helped us keep apace with events and happenings. | Photo Credit: Rohit Sharma injury debacle: Should we get used to players prioritising IPL over bilateral series? Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: Green Court NGT has fined LG Polymer India Rs 50 crore as interim penalty. Industries Minister M Goutham Reddy said that the factory was to reopen today after the lockdown. Workers were preparing for the reopening of the plant today when gas started leaking in the early hours. He also promised jobs to people who are victims of the gas leak and the kin of the family of dead. The gas is not poisonous but prolonged exposure causes problems. (Text/Inputs: Reuters) The LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam. Also read | Situation normal, people return to homes around factory. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam," PM Modi tweeted. The statutory authorities responsible for authorising and regulating such activities may also be accountable for their lapses, the NGT said. Facebook Twitter Linkedin EMail. A doctor at KGH said that children below age of 10 years were the most seriously affected. The uncontrolled Styrene vapour release from a storage tank into the atmosphere occurred for the first time in India. The amount is being fixed having regard to the financial worth of the company and the extent of the damage caused," the bench said. © Provided by The Indian Express "The Chairman, CPCB may steer and facilitate the functioning of the committee using available technology. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy announced Rs 1 crore compensation each to the kin of the dead besides offering Rs 20,000 each to the owners who have lost their animals. The leak was noticed by company staff who were reportedly inspecting machines to restart the factory and raised an alarm. Printable version | Nov 25, 2020 8:27:41 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/visakhapatnam-gas-leak-un-calls-for-full-investigation/article31531989.ece, Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck recognised for work on sexual health and ending gender violence, South Australia state Premier Steven Marshall said the six-day strict lockdown would be lifted earlier-than-expected.