Visakhapatnam gas leak: chilling scenes bring back memories of the Bhopal gas tragedy | Visakhapatnam News
Live updates: Vizag gas leak
Women and children were seen lying on the roads struggling to breathe, recalling the infamous Bhopal gas tragedy when a leak from the Union Carbide plant left around 3,500 dead and many mutilated.
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The most affected Gopalapatnam village reverberated with cries of people for help. Many people fell unconscious while sleeping, a villager said. The affected people, who had large writing on their faces, were taken to hospitals on autorickshaws and on two wheels.
Visakhapatnam collector Vinay Chand said 20 ambulances were put into service as soon as information was received about the gas leak.
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Exposure to styrene, also known as ethenylbenzene, can affect the central nervous system (CNS) and cause headache, fatigue, weakness, and depression. It is mainly used in the production of plastics and polystyrene resins.
The gas leak took place at the LG Polymers chemical plant. LG Polymers was established in 1961 as “Hindustan Polymers“to make Polystyrene and its copolymers in Visakhapatnam. It merged with UB Group’s McDowell & Co. Ltd in 1978, according to the company’s website.
Taken over by LG Chem (South Korea), Hindustan Polymers was renamed LG Polymers India Private Limited (LGPI) in July 1997. Video: Vizag Gas Leak – See Shocking Images of the Area