At least 8 persons, including two senior citizens and an 8-year-old girl, died and over 5,000 people fell sick. 

According to Tirupathi Rao, District Medical & Health Officer (DMHO), the leakage happened around 3am at LG Polymers industry at RR Venkatapuram near the Naiduthota area close to Gopalapatnam.

Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation asks citizens to use wet masks or wet cloth to cover the nose and mouth. PVC gas (or Styrene) leaked from LG Polymers, Vepagunta near Gopalapatnam in Visakhapatnam today. 

GVMC has also asked people to call the toll free number 1800 4250 0009 for assistance.

MoS Home G Kishan Reddy paid condolences to the people who died and said that he was continuously monitoring the situation.

“We woke up to the smell of gas. When we went outside, the whole air was filled with gas. It entered our homes and caused breathing problems and burning sensation in the lungs,” said DVSS Ramana, a resident of Naiduthota. “We are being evacuated. We are going to our relative’s place,” added Ramana, who has two children aged 8 and 12.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (May 7) spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy about the deadly gas leak at a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam.

"Spoke to officials of MHA and NDMA regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely. " Narendra Modi twitted

"In the wake of the situation in Visakhapatnam, PM 
 has called for a meeting of the NDMA at 11 AM." Twitted by PMO India

 has spoken to Andhra Pradesh CM Shri 
 regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam. He assured all help and support."
Twitted by PMO India

"Saddened by the news of gas leak in a plant near Visakhapatnam which has claimed several lives. My condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the recovery of the injured and the safety of all."  President Ram Nath Kovind

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