Vizag: Gas leak at pharma plant claims two lives

Benzene gas leaked at a pharmaceutical company at Parawada near Visakhapatnam early Tuesday morning, leaving two dead and four others ill, official sources said.

Two people died and four others were taken ill following leakage of benzene gas from a reactor unit at a Parawada pharmaceutical plant near Vishakapatnam early Tuesday, official sources said.

The two people who died were working in the company as senior employees, the sources said, adding the injured have been admitted to a hospital in Gajuwaka.

This is the second incident of gas leakage at a plant in recent past.

Only two months ago, 11 people were killed and over 1,000 taken ill after a gas leak at a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam.

Meanwhile, District Collector V Vinay Chand and Police Commissioner R K Meena visited the company and take stock of the situation, reports said.

The leakage has been brought under control but the cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained, the official sources said.

First Published:June 30, 2020, 10:54 a.m.