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Vishakhapatnam: Gas leak at polymer factory kills 11, affects thousands

Victims being rushed to hospital following the gas leak from LG Polymers that occurred in the early hours of Thursday in Visakhapatnam (Photo: The Hindu)

Even as the India battles the COVID-19 pandemic with all its might, a disastrous incident, which took place in Vishakhapatnam, has added to the worries of the local citizens. A dangerous styrene gas leak, which occurred in the early hours of May 7 at LG Polymers facility, located around 14 kms from the city, has claimed the lives of at least 11 people, affected thousands and hundreds of people have been shifted to various hospitals for treatment.

As per a report in TOI, around 5,000 people are reported to have fallen sick because of the gas leak. As per various reports, more than 300 people have been hospitalised so far and thousands of people have been evacuated from adjoining areas of the factory.

Also read: 25,000 Mumbai doctors asked to report to COVID-19 hospitals for duty or face disciplinary action

Many traumatic videos and images, showing several people lying unconscious on the road, are surfacing online.  Srijana Gummalla, Commissioner, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, has said that styrene had leaked from the plant during early morning hours, when residents in surrounding villages were sleeping. The plant had been reopened in the past few days after relaxation of the nationwide lockdown was announced, he said.

LG Polymers India Pvt. Ltd, which deals in development and production of polymers, is owned by South Korean battery maker LG Chemical Ltd. LG Chemicals confirmed that the plant was not operating during the lockdown, but the maintenance staff was present at the facility. The company spokesperson told AFP that a worker, during his night shift at the facility, discovered the gas leak and reported it.

The raw material, styrene, is highly flammable and releases a poisonous gas when it is burnt. The company said in a statement that the gas emitted in the leak can cause nausea and dizziness when inhaled. The statement added that, they have been seeking to ensure that the casualties in the incident receive proper treatment as soon as possible.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, Spoke to officials of MHA and NDMA regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely. I pray for everyones safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam.

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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