The incident led to panic among locals in the 3km-radius area. Many people were seen lying unconscious on roads while some faced breathing difficulties. People also complained of rashes on their body and soar eyes.
Soon after the matter came to light, local police rushed to the area and launched evacuation of the locals.
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The exact cause of the incident is yet to be identified.
Vizag district collector V Vinay Chand rushed to the spot and he is monitoring the situation. He said that the situation will be brought under control within two hours. People who were facing breathing problems are being provided oxygen support, said the collector.
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The NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed in the area and a rescue operation is under way.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is also schduled to visit the city and take stock of the situation.
The LG Polymers industry was established in 1961 as Hindustan Polymers for manufacturing polystyrene and its co-polymers in Vizag. It was merged with Mc Dowell & Company Limited of UB Group in 1978.
Gopalapatnam circle inspector Ramanayya told TOI that they found 50 people on the roads in unconscious state and reaching the area has become very difficult.
Cops are appealing to the people to come out of their houses and go to safer places.
The Visakha West assembly constituency MLA P Ganababu alerted his cadres for the rescue operations and also urged that people of the city should not come towards Gopalapatnam as the gas leakage was causing breathing and other problems.