Visakhapatnam Gas Leak: 8 dead, over 1000 fall sick after gas leak at Andhra Pradesh chemical plant, PM Modi calls for NDMA meet

Gautam Swang, Andhra Pradesh’s Director-General of Police, confirmed the toll at six but there are several other unconfirmed reports as per which eight people have been killed in the mishap. The incident happened took place around 3 am at LG Polymers Ltd at Gopalapatnam, at a time when people were fast asleep in the nearby colonies.

Horrific videos and photos have since been surfacing from the nearby villages and they are distressing as people can be seen lying unconscious on the roads. There were several others who were scrambling to get to the ambulances holding children in their arms.

Reacting to the incident, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said: “The incident in Visakhapatnam is disturbing. Have spoken to the NDMA officials and concerned authorities. We are continuously and closely monitoring the situation. I pray for the well-being of the people of Visakhapatnam.”

PMO has put out a Tweet after the news of the episode broke and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a meeting of the NDMA. “Spoke to officials of MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) and NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam,” PM Modi tweeted on Thursday. 

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is slated to leave for Vizag where he will visit King George Hospital where the affected are being treated. He is in close touch with the authorities and has taken charge of the situation in order to provide immediate help to the needy.

"There have been seven casualties so far, one of them fell into well while trying to escape. The evacuation operation is still underway. The plant was shut due to the countrywide lockdown," says Andhra Pradesh DGP, DG Sawang was as quoted by ANI.