Two people were killed and four were hospitalised after gas leaked on June 29 night at a pharmaceutical unit in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam, according to reports.
Those who died worked at the Visakhapatnam unit of the firm Sainor Life Sciences, police said, adding that the situation is now “under control”.
The pharmaceutical unit in the industrial port city’s Parwada area was shut down immediately as a precautionary measure after the leakage of benzimidazole gas was reported at around 11:30 pm, according to officials.
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has sought information about the incident.
The latest incident comes nearly two months after 11 people, including two children, were killed and over 1,000 were left sick after gas leaked at a chemical plant – LG Polymers facility – in Visakhapatnam.
Toxic styrene gas had escaped from the chemical plant that had been shut for over 40 days due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Three surrounding villages were evacuated and officials went house-to-house, breaking in to pull out unconscious victims.