Written by soudamuneer (student,MGM College,Udupi)
vizag gas leak An unexpected unnerving incident yesterday cost atleast 11 lives, 6000 thousand people are hospitalised, hundreds of tenants at 5 townlet have been affected at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
The root cause is said to be the leakage of styrene gas. Styrene is an inflammable liquid that is used in the manufacturing of polystyrene plastics, fiberglass, rubber and latex. According to Tox Town, a website run by the US National Library of Medicine, styrene is also found in vehicle exhaust, cigarette smoke and in natural foods like fruits and vegetables.
“styrene plant is retaind by south korean electronic LG come across gopalapatnam ”
This incident led panic among the residents of local areas .Numerous people fell unconscious in the locality and some localites were having difficulty in breathing and rashes on body.Soon after the Vizag District Collector, Vinay Chand, rushed to the location and handled the situation and provided oxygen supply to those people having shortage of breath.
According to EPA, when humans are exposed to styrene, they can suffer breathlessness, irritation of eyes and body and in its longlasting affect in future, they may suffer from hairloss, fatigue, lack of concentration etc. There was 1,800 tonnes of styrene stored at the plant at the time of the leakage.The incident took place at 3 am at mid night. Precautions were taken for the safety of the localites who were fast asleep and immediately the police alerted people through announcement in speakers.
The highlights from LG polymers said that statis and changes in temperature inside container could have resulted in auto polymerization and could have caused vapourisation. The exact reason is not yet confirmed, investigation is still on force.The current status of vishakapatnam is unpleasant. In an international crisis situation where people were required to stay safe at home, they were forced to rush out of their houses for safety. The magnanimity of their sufferings in unimaginable. All they want is our support and prayers. We wish them to recover as soon as possible and salute all police, doctors and helpers who are on their toes helping out the people in need.