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Visakhapatnam Gas Leak Incident

  • The Prime Minister called a high-level meeting to get know about steps being taken in response to the Vishakhapatnam gas leak incident. at nearly 3 am, the Styrene gas was leaked in a chemical plant LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Gopalapatnam Mandal in Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh.

Important Points to Know : 

  • The Styrene gas is known as toxic gas naturally. it can result irritation to the skin, eyes, and causes respiratory problems as well other serious medical conditions.
  • In Andhra Pradesh, 10 people has been died and more than 1000 people are getting sick because of the alleged gas leak.
  • The plant is used to produce raw material styrene which is highly flammable and it generates poisonous gas durin burnt.

Remember points about LG Polymers industry –

  • Founded – 1961 as Hindustan Polymers
  • Works – polystyrene and its co-polymers

Recent Gas leak incidents in India –

  • In 1984 – in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, the gas was leaked from Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant. more than 3787 people were died in this incident.
  • In 2011, a chlorine gas was leaked from treatment plant in Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune. almost 20 people were seriouly injured.
  • In 2014, the poisonous gas got leaked from Bhilai Steel Plant in Durg, Chhattisgarh. almost 6 persons were died and more than 30 people got ill.
  • In 2018, the ammonia gas was leaked from a plant in Ratnagiri, Mumbai. due to this, 14 people were got seriously ill.

 

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