NEW DELHI: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday conveyed his condolences to families of those who had lost their lives in the gas leak in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and held talks with the Union Home Secretary regarding the assistance being given to the local administration for relief operations.
"Deeply distressed by the loss of lives due to gas leak from chemical plant of a private company in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. My condolences to bereaved families and wishes for speedy recovery of those taken ill," the Vice President tweeted.
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In two subsequent tweets, the Vice President said that he had spoken to two Union Ministers and Union Home Secretary regarding the status of relief operations.
"Spoke to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy. They assured that needed assistance is being given to ensure safety of the people," Naidu said.
"Union Home Secretary informed that NDRF teams have been rushed to the affected areas to assist the local administration in the relief operations," he added.
#TNIEExclusive | Eyewitness Govind tells TNIE about #VizagGasLeak. He noticed the gas leakage at 3 am when he woke to go on with milk business. He lives beside #LGPolymers.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) May 7, 2020
Express video by @SreeChandana6.@xpressandhra #Visakhapatnam pic.twitter.com/vzjkM7hS0f
Earlier, Director-General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had told ANI that over 800 people had been taken to hospital in the relief operations.
According to Director General of Police (DGP) Andhra Pradesh, at least seven people have been killed, including a child, after styrene gas leak in RR Venkatapuram village here on Thursday.
The mishap took place at LG Polymers industry early on Thursday morning.