2 killed in ben­zene gas leak at Vizag plant

VISAKHA­P­AT­NAM: Two peo­ple were killed and four oth­ers taken ill af­ter ben­zene gas leaked at a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany at Parawada near here early on Tues­day morn­ing, but of­fi­cials said the sit­u­a­tion was un­der con­trol while the plant was tem­po­rar­ily shut.

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VISAKHA­P­AT­NAM: Two peo­ple were killed and four oth­ers taken ill af­ter ben­zene gas leaked at a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany at Parawada near here early on Tues­day morn­ing, but of­fi­cials said the sit­u­a­tion was un­der con­trol while the plant was tem­po­rar­ily shut. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Sainor Life Sciences unit at Pharma City but the sit­u­a­tion was un­der con­trol. The leak oc­curred when ben­zene gas was be­ing pumped into the re­ac­tor, they said. Chief Min­is­ter YS Ja­gan­mo­han Reddy en­quired about the in­ci­dent with District Col­lec­tor Vi­nay Chand and di­rected him to en­sure bet­ter medi­care to those un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Sainor Life Sciences unit at Pharma City but the sit­u­a­tion was un­der con­trol as the leak was re­stricted to one re­ac­tor unit, of­fi­cial sources said. The leak oc­curred when ben­zene gas was be­ing pumped into the re­ac­tor, they said.

Chief Min­is­ter YS Ja­gan­mo­han Reddy en­quired about the in­ci­dent with District Col­lec­tor V Vi­nay Chand and di­rected him to en­sure bet­ter medi­care to those un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

The deceased per­sons were se­nior em­ploy­ees of the com­pany, the sources said.

Those who fell sick af­ter in­hal­ing the gas have been ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal in Ga­juwaka, with one of them be­ing put on ven­ti­la­tor sup­port, the sources added. Vi­nay Chand and Po­lice Com­mis­sioner RK Meena visited the spot to take stock of the sit­u­a­tion. The Col­lec­tor said the pharma unit has been tem­po­rar­ily shut down as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure. He said there was no need for any panic and the leak was con­fined to only one unit.

The shift in-charge and the chemist were the first to fall vic­tim and it took a while be­fore the other work­ers found them gasping for breath. They died on the way to the hos­pi­tal. Four other work­ers work­ing in the re­ac­tor unit in­haled the gas and fell sick. They are now un­der­go­ing treat­ment and are said to be sta­ble.

Vi­nay Chand con­sti­tuted a four-mem­ber team of of­fi­cials, led by the Joint Col­lec­tor, to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the mishap.

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