Hours after of panic in and around LG Polymers in RR Venkatapuram village over the styrene gas leak, tension again ran high in Visakhapatnam with the new that gas fumes started leaking again from the tanker at around 1 AM.
While the King George Hospital still echoed with the cries of the LG Polymers gas leak victims, second leak alarm raised panic in the citizen living in the localities nearby who ran started running from their houses. Adding to this, the special teams deployed visited the areas in 2-3 km radius instructing the residents to evacuate their houses immediately. With hundreds of locals reaching to beach road, panic surrounded the premises until 4 AM in the morning.
Officials reported that around 50 fire staffers including 2 foam tenders, with NDRF’s support, have been carrying out the operation. “Ambulances are ready for any emergency. Team of experts from CSIR-NEERI are working round-the-clock to control the leak using 500 kgs of PTBC that has been successfully brought from Gujarat. There are no additional leaks. All the people residing in the affected vicinity have been moved to a safe zone,” stated the Visakhapatnam District Fire Officer.
Even as the authorities continue the repair and sanitisation works at a chemical plant, gas leaking for the second time triggered panic in the city while transportation during the lockdown has become a major concern. On the other hand, it was also rumoured that it was a false alarm that gas leaked again and that the officials are evacuating the local as a precautionary measure.