Visakhapatnam gas leak that took eight lives so far including a 6-year-old girl is now shaking the grounds of the nation with almost 1,000 people falling sick and 575 hospitalised. situations gripping out of control as the chemical gas Styrene leaked out from a pharmaceutical company at RR Venkatapuram village.
But what is this Styrene, the killer gas that sunned almost 3,000 families into health risks?
According to the US National Library of Medicine, Styrene is an inflammable gas used to make polystyrene plastics, fibreglass, rubber, and latex in its liquid form. It occurs naturally in some fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and beverages in low levels. This is popularly used in the plastics engineering industry to make polystyrene plastics, fibreglass, rubber, and latex in its liquid form.
When inhaled, the styrene gas attacks the central nervous system of humans. It also damages nostrils, eyes, skin and throat. The immediate symptoms of styrene gas inhalation are nausea and dizziness. A person who has inhaled styrene gas needs immediate medical help. Delay can cause death. Styrene is also found in the natural environment. But in most forms, it does not cause harm. It is found in some fruits, vegetables, meat, peanuts and coffee beans.
Meanwhile, emergency services evacuated hundreds of people from nearby areas where the plant is situated while the Chief Minister of state Chief Minister reached to Visakhapatnam to visit the affected areas around the company.