Black day: Vizag gas leakage
Vizag gas leak is nothing less than a horrible nightmare. Waking up to the gas leakage scenes and people felling unconscious in the streets of Vizag is so heart wrenching.
Vizag gas leakage
When did Vizag gas leakage occur?
The chemical gas leakage incident was reported to took place at 3:00 am in the morning(May 7,2020).
Where did Vizag gas leakage occur?
The chemical gas leakage incident occurred at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village, Vishakapattinam, Andhra Pradesh.
What is the effect of the Vizag gas leakage?
Vizag gas leakage incident caused a severe panic up-to 3km radius in the local people. At once the gas leakage incident was traced early in the morning, the people living around particular radius of kilometre have been evacuated by Vizag police.
According to the early reports in the morning, 8 were dead and nearly 5000 people fall sick after the toxic gas leakage of the LG polymers industry. The numbers are expected to double up and turn worse in the following time.
The videos and pictures revolving in social media with #VizagGasLeak is terrifying by portraying people and people lying unconscious in streets and also as corpse immersed in sewage water.
What toxic gas leaked in Vizag?
According to the reports, the toxic gas leaked from the polymer industry plant is Styrene gas.
What is Styrene gas?
Styrene is a flammable liquid which is used to make polystyrene plastics, fiberglass, rubber, and latex. It occurs naturally in some fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and beverages.
How is Styrene gas produced?
Styrene gas is produced predominately by ethylbenzene (EB)-based technology. EB is first made by the catalytic alkylation of benzene with ethylene, using either aluminium chloride (or) zeolite catalysts. The latter product is then dehydrated to styrene.
How much is styrene gas toxic?
According to studies, the inhale of styrene can result in liver damage. Animals get affected to the nose and liver effects than humans. Styrene is toxic in causing irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Indian officials said that, the styrene gas is a flammable chemical that can immobilize a person within minutes of inhalation and be deadly at high concentrations.
What caused for higher concentration of styrene gas in Vizag gas leakage incident?
Police Officials after their initial investigation traced that, the styrene gas leakage from the Vizag ploymer plants came out from two tanks with 5000 tonne capacity each. The minor leakage have been taking place from March, which is un-attended during corona pandemic lockdown and the continous minor leakage of styrene gas caused a sudden chemical leakage to open out in huge amount. This is the reason behind the death causing toxic styrene gas leakage in Vizag polymer industry plant.
What Rescue operation is carried out in Vizag gas leakage?
A total of 27 persons have been involved in the rescue operation carried out by NDRF(National Disaster Response Force). These 27 people are expert in dealing the disaster and they’re now working in dealing the vizag gas industrial leakage. 90% of evacuation have been done in the region and the surrounding of the polymer industry gas plant.
Prime Minister Modi phone call with Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan
Regarding the situation in Vizag gas leakage incident, PM Modi made his call to AP CM Jagan Mohan and assured full assistance to secure people from this tragedy.
Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan announce Rs 1 crore compensation
Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy announces Rs 1 crore as compensation to the families of members who died due to Vizag gas leakage incident. He also announces that Rs 10 lakh will be provided to each for those who treated on ventilator and Rs 1 lakh for those who were hospitalized for 2-3 days.
While the CM of Andhra Pradesh was making the announcements, the death toll rise from 8 to 11 members.
Neutralizing the Styrene gas leakage
To neutralize the gas leakage and it’s spread in Vizag’s air, AP Govt need a vast amount of PTBC chemical.
PTBC: Para‐tertiary butyl catechol (PTBC) chemical is produced only in Vapi, Valsad, Gujarat in India. Andhra Govt airlift 500 kgs of PTBC chemical to neutralize the gas leakage.
Remember about Bhopal gas tragedy?
In 1984, a chemical leak in a plant in the central city of Bhopal killed thousands, which is acknowledged as the world’s worst industrial disaster occured. Even 35 years later, victims say that children are still being born with disabilities because of the effects of the leakage of Bhopal gas industry.
Let’s pray and wish that we don’t get another Bhopal gas tragedy through Vizag gas leakage.