Early on Thursday morning at around 3 am a gas leak was reported from a chemical plant of a multinational firm in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Reportedly, at least 10 people have died and thousands of people in the vicinity have fallen sick and have been admitted in the hospital.
Video of people lying unconscious on the road went viral on the internet. Many people complained of breathing difficulties, skin rashes and sore eyes. The exact cause of the leak is yet to be identified.
Meanwhile, celebrities from the Telugu film industry expressed their condolences to the people who had to suffer because of the gas leak.
It’s really heart breaking to see Vizag which one of the most special places in my life in such a state. I am deeply saddened by this horrific accident. Condolences to families who have lost their lives and hoping for a speedy recovery for the rest .
— Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) May 7, 2020
విశాఖ లో విషవాయువు స్టెరిన్ బారినపడి ప్రజలు మరణించటం మనసుని కలచివేసింది. మరణించిన వారి కుటుంబాలకు నా ప్రగాఢ సానుభూతి. అస్వస్థతకు గురైన వారందరు త్వరగా కోలుకోవాలని ప్రార్ధిస్తున్నాను.Request all concerned authorities to take utmost care while opening Industries post lockdown.
— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) May 7, 2020
So deeply saddened and shocked by this distressing incident of gas leak in Vizag! I hope that the cause is swiftly found and analysed. Prayers to all the affected people and their families in the vicinity.
— Nivetha Thomas (@i_nivethathomas) May 7, 2020
Two of our General Secretaries ( Sri.Shiv Shankar & Sri Bolisetti Satya ) who hails from North coastal Andhra are monitoring the poisonous gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam.
— Pawan Kalyan (@PawanKalyan) May 7, 2020
It aches my heart to see the visuals from #VizagGasLeak ... My helpless thoughts for the people. Hope time acts little kinder on us.
— Sudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) May 7, 2020
Woke up to the horrific news of the #VizagGasLeak.
My condolences to everyone who lost their families and wishing a speedy recovery to those hospitalised ????
— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) May 7, 2020
Heartwrenching to hear the news of #VizagGasLeak, more so during these challenging times... Heartfelt condolences and strength to the bereaved families in this hour of need. Wishing a speedy recovery to those affected. My prayers for you... Stay safe VIZAG.
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) May 7, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Union home ministry and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to take stock of the situation in Vizag. The NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed in the area and rescue operation is underway. Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is also scheduled to visit the city and take stock of the situation.