Modi convenes urgent meeting over gas leak incident


Rescuers evacuate people following a gas leak incident at an LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam on May 7, 2020. - At least five people have been killed and several hundred hospitalised after a gas leak at a chemicals plant on the east coast of India, police said on May 7. They said that the gas had leaked out of two 5,000-tonne tanks that had been unattended due to India's coronavirus lockdown in place since late March. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Rescuers evacuate people following a gas leak incident at an LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam on May 7, 2020. - At least five people have been killed and several hundred hospitalised after a gas leak at a chemicals plant on the east coast of India, police said on May 7. They said that the gas had leaked out of two 5,000-tonne tanks that had been unattended due to India's coronavirus lockdown in place since late March. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has convened a meeting of the national disaster management Authority in the wake of the situation  following gas leak from a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh in Southern India.

The meeting took place at 11am on Thursday, , the prime minister’s office said.

At least nine people have died and around 100  hospitalised after gas leaked  in the early hours of Thursday (7).

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is closely monitoring the incident and has directed district officials to  take steps to bring the situation under control.  The chief minister will be visiting the King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam where the injured are being treated.

The toxic gas leaked from a plant of LG Polymers which had reopened after being shut due to the COVID-19 lockdown.  The South Korean company makes polystyrene and expandable polystyrene, a versatile plastic used to make a wide variety of consumer products like toys and appliances and has been in operation since 1961.

The chief minister has directed the district officials to take every possible step to save lives and bring the situation under control, his office said.

In a series of tweets, the greater Visakhapatnam municipal corporation (GVMC) has asked people of colonies and villages around the plant to leave for safe locations and use wet cloth as a mask to cover their nose and mouth.