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Vizag gas leak: Death toll mounts to 10;

As per the reports, at least 10 persons including two, Senior citizens and an 8-year-old girl, died and over 5,000  people fell sick after an alleged gas leak from a chemical plant in Vizag on Thursday early morning.

The incident led to panic among locals in the 3km-radius area. Many people were seen lying unconscious on roads while some faced breathing difficulties. People also complained of
rashes on their body and soar eyes. Soon after the matter came to light, local police rushed to the area and launched evacuation of the locals. The exact cause of the incident is yet to be identified.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Union home ministry and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to take stock of the situation in Vizag. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy over phone and enquired about the Vizag gas leak incident. The CM explained that the situation was under control and all measures were being taken to help the victims.

Hundreds of people were admitted to private and government hospitals with the help of police and locals. Around 128 people from Venkatapuram and the surrounding areas were shifted to KG Hospital by the district administration. Of the 128 in the KGH, 98 persons have recovered and ten people are facing breathing problems. The death toll may not increase in the KGH, doctors said.


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