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Ammonia gas leak from ice factory creates panic in East Godavari villages

The unit, which remained shut since lockdown, was opened for resumption of operations when the leakage took place, police said.

Published: 19th May 2020 10:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th May 2020 10:15 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

KAKINADA: Even before the memories of the tragic gas leak at LG Polymers in Visakhapatnam are erased from the minds of the people, ammonia gas leakage from an ice manufacturing unit came haunting the villagers nearby Malkipuram of East Godavari district. People in the vicinity of 200 metres radius of the unit were evacuated, while people in nearby villages were put on alert following the gas leakage.

The unit, which remained shut since lockdown, was opened for resumption of operations when the leakage took place, police said.

According to police, the gas leakage took place at Venkateswara Ice Factory located in between agriculture fields between Sivakodu and Malkipuram.

While a few workers were taking up maintenance works to resume operations, ammonia gas leaked from three of the 10 tanks located in the factory.

Ammonia gas is used as a refrigerant in the factory, police said. Though there was no village within the two km radius of the factory, people who were working in the fields and those who reside in small huts in the fields were evacuated.

Those who got exposed to the gas complained of irritation of eyes and nose. People of the nearby villages were immediately alerted and asked them to take precautionary measures, if they felt irritation of eyes and nose due to inhaling of gas. Malkipuram police, along with fire tenders, rushed to the factory and contained the leakage.

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