EXCLUSIVE | Vizag gas leak: CCTV footage shows how toxic vapour engulfed village as many collapsed on ground

The Vizag gas leak tragedy on May 7 affected villages in a five-kilometre radius, killing at least 12 people and affecting thousands.

A CCTV footage accessed by India Today showed the horrific styrene gas leak from LG Polymers plant at Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakapatnam.

The Vizag gas leak tragedy on May 7 affected villages in a five-kilometre radius, killing at least 12 people and affecting thousands.

The CCTV cameras installed at Venkatapuram village, accessed by India Today, reveals that the gas cloud engulfed the villages nearby the plant at around 3:47 am.

The horrific visuals showed people fainting on the roads as the hazardous gas engulfed the area. A woman was seen carrying her child, who had fainted after the leak. Another woman collapsed in the area as many tried to escape the toxic vapours.

A week after the incident, people living in the vicinity of the LG Polymers plant in Vishakhapatnam say many of them are still facing health issues and have to regularly visit medical camps set up by the local administration in their villages.

CASE AGAINST LG POLYMERS, NO ARRESTS SO FAR

A case was registered against LG Polymers for the gas leak on May 8. However, no arrests have been so far.

The locals and family members of the deceased had protested against the incident and demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the gas leak.

Locals and family members of the deceased blamed “collusion” between the local administration and the company for the lack of arrests.

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The police had also filed cases against few locals for protesting against the gas leak and blocking roads and barging into the plant through a small entrance gate on May 9.

The police also filed cases against 28 persons and later arrested seven persons including 2 CPM leaders under Section 147, 447, 353, 188 and 271 IPC.

WHAT DOES THE INVESTIGATION REVEALS

The investigators have found that temperature of the tank at LG Polymers chemical plant rose to around 150 degree Celsius, which was six times higher then normal temperature.

A team of production, environment, and safety experts are currently investigating the cause of the incident and are already supporting responsible rehabilitation, which is their main objective.

Week after the incident, the LG Chem on May 14 said the company has started support measures and has begun the transportation of the Styrene Monomer inventory to South Korea to eliminate all risks factors.

The company would continue to work with government agencies to ensure all possible support for bereaved families and victims, LG Polymers, a step-down firm of LG Chem, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a team of technical experts from Seoul headquarters arrived at LG Polymers plant in Vishakapatnam.

The police provided the Korean company officials high security and escort during their plant visit.

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