A chemical gas leak at a chemical factory in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday killed at least 11 people. Police have booked LG Polymers with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, according to Gummalla. Several persons have died and many people fell sick after a gas leak from a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam. Many people have been hospitalised for the treatment. Those in shelters are provided three meals a day and mats to sleep on. The LG Polymers plant makes polystyrene products, according to a company website, which are used in manufacturing electric fan blades, cups and cutlery and containers for cosmetic products such as make up. Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal ", Asked why it had turned into vapor, the official added: "That is something we need to investigate. LG Chem, South Korea’s top petrochemical maker by capacity, took over the facility previously owned by Hindustan Polymers and renamed it as LG Polymers India Private Limited (LGPI) in July, 1997, according to a company website. © AFP via Getty Images Smokes rise from an LG Polymers plant following a gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam on May 7, 2020. Emergency services evacuated hundreds of people from nearby areas where the plant is situated, a police official in Andhra Pradesh said. The NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed in the area and rescue operation is underway. Reddy said an alarm should have been raised when the gas leaked. Indian police are investigating whether a deadly gas leak at a chemical plant near the city of Visakhapatnam amounts to culpable homicide. 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Eleven people, including a child, are dead and over hundreds have fallen ill following a gas leak from a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam on Thursday morning. "(We) are currently assessing local town residents' damage situation and are taking maximum necessary measures for the protection of residents and employees together with related organizations," said the statement. Jaipur, By Vedika Sud, Swati Gupta and Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, India gas leak prompts investigation and evacuations in Visakhapatnam. Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi. Some people complained of rashes on their body. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Copyright © HT Media Limited All rights reserved. The gas has been identified as Styrene, a flammable liquid that is used to make a variety of industrial products, including polystyrene, fiberglass, rubber, and latex. Minister Reddy said workers had been conducting regular maintenance and gauging whether it was ready to return to production. "The factory's gas leak is currently under control. Styrene gas is a flammable liquid that is used to make polystyrene plastics, fiberglass, rubber, and latex. Cigarette smoke and vehicle exhaust too contain styrene. Authorities have banned the use of water from the nearby reservoir until tests confirm that it has not been contaminated, Gummalla said, adding that it supplies about 5% of the water to the area. Drones, micro-chillers may be needed for delivery of Covid vaccines, Night curfews allowed, lockdown needs Centre’s nod in new Covid protocol, Chennai airport shuts operations as Cyclone Nivar nears, Top Chinese vaccine maker seeks govt nod to market Covid-19 shots, ‘Getting difficult to supply items’: Jaish’s No. Several persons have died and many people fell sick after a gas leak from a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam. Many people were seen lying on the roads and many faced problem in breathing. In a statement to CNN, LG Chem, the South Korean owner, said it was taking measures to protect residents affected by the leak. The gas can cause nausea and dizziness when inhaled, and experts say that person exposed to the gas should be given medical treatment immediately.