Cyclone Nivar: How is Tamil Nadu preparing for it? Director of Factories, B Raja Gopala Rao, said, "There are definitely two industrial units in the State that utilise styrene, the killer gas that leaked out in Vizag on Thursday. Some media reports also speculate that the substance in question could be vinyl chloride, an important ingredient used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC. Emergency services personnel who were evacuating people also fell unconscious because of the gas leak. Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Statutory provisions on reporting (sexual offenses), This website follows the DNPA’s code of conduct. Styrene itself is known to irritate the eyes and mucous membranes and cause gastrointestinal problems. This non-maintenance of the facility resulted in the leakage of 3 tonnes of styrene into the surrounding areas. Gummalla indicated to The News Minute that the gas, which she and her colleagues believed at the time of the report to be styrene, had “become air” and “leaked”, suggesting it could have been vaporised inside the LG Polymers before it escaped. Investigation has been started into what primarily seems to have been a maintenance issue. Follow us for updates, Nivar to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm with gusts reaching 145 kmph: IMD, Choosing partner without religion bar is a right, says HC amid 'Love Jihad' debate, Eyeing a third term? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, “Average indoor air levels of styrene are in the range of 1-9 µg/m3, attributable to emissions from building materials, consumer products, and tobacco smoke.”, Also Read: Vizag: Gas Leak Leaves At Least 11 Dead, More Than 5,000 Sick. A man rushes his child for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in Visakhapatnam, May 07, 2020. 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Hundreds of unconscious people and those with breathing difficulties were brought to the King George Hospital in the city. It’s possible that more than one gas has leaked from the LG Polymers plant. Spoke to officials of MHA and NDMA regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely. “Styrene can stay in the air for weeks. “Spoke to officials of MHA and NDMA regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely. She tweets at ... read more, * The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by, Copyright © 2020 The Indian Express [P] Ltd. 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