In a second gas leak in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam in a matter of months, two workers were killed and four were hospitalised after an incident at a pharmaceutical unit in Parwada area, reports claimed. NDTV reported that the leakage of benzimidazole gas was reported at around 11:30pm. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is looking into the incident, and the factory has been shut as a precautionary measure.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has enquired about the accident at Sainar Life Sciences Pharma company at Parawada, Visakhapatnam. Accident occurred due to leakage at 11.30 PM last night. Factory was shut down immediately as a precautionary measure: Andhra Pradesh CM's Office https://t.co/ogbuc3QfoY— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
"The situation is under control now. Two persons who died were workers and were present at the leakage site [at the time of the incident]. Gas has not spread anywhere else," ANI quoted senior police officer Uday Kumar.
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In May, at least six people, including a child, were killed after a major gas leak at LG Polymers in Gopalpatnam under Visakhapatnam district. Toxic gas leaked from the multinational LG Polymers Plant at R R Venkatapuram village in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam in the early hours of Thursday and quickly spread to villages in a five-kilometre radius, impacting about 1,000.