11 KILLED AND ABOUT 1000 SICK IN GAS LEAK INCIDENT
By a staff reporter
Andhra Pradesh, May 06: A terrible accident of gas leak from a factory took place late Thursday night at Gopalpatnam near Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. Eleven people were died including a child. About 1000 people had fallen ill in the surrounding area. According to the local administration the leak started from the factory around 3.30 am on Thursday. At that time there were only security guards in the factory. They became unconscious due to the gas leak. As a result it was not possible to report then. After that the gas started spreading in the locality. At around 4.30 am the residents of the surrounding area having eye irritation and shortness of breath. Consequently many people wake up. On hearing the news, the fire brigade, ambulance and police reached the spot. A team of National Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot and started rescue operation. Toxic Styrene gas spread over an area about three kilometers from the factory. Some of them were vomiting. Someone was fidgeting. Someone was motionless in the street. Many animals and birds had died due to gas leak. About 250 families had been relocated from the area. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Jaganmohan Reddy had showed great sympathy to those effected people of the accident and announced compensation of Rs 1 crore for the family of the victims.
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