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Yet another gas leak in Andhra Pradesh — 20 workers hospitalised after ammonia gas leak at a dairy unit in Chittoor

Aug 21, 2020, 10:46 IST
  • At least 20 workers, the majority of them women, fell sick after a leak of ammonium gas late on Thursday night in a dairy belonging to a private agro-products firm plant located at Bandapalli village of Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district.
  • While three of the victims were shifted to Ruia Hospital in the temple town of Tirupati, five were admitted to the CMC hospital in Vellore in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
  • The others are undergoing treatment in the government hospital in Chittoor, police said.

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It has not even been six months since the Vizag gas leak in Visakhapatnam that claimed the lives of 12 and affected over 300, Andhra Pradesh has reported another case of gas leak today.

At least 20 workers, the majority of them women, fell sick after a leak of ammonium gas late on Thursday night in a dairy belonging to a private agro-products firm plant located at Bandapalli village of Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district.

"We got the information that Ammonia gas leaked at Hatson company milk process unit near Putalapattu at around 5 pm. Labourers who were working in that shift are brought to the hospital here in Chittoor. Among them, 3 people are serious and probably will be shifted to SVIMS or Ruia hospital in Tirupati," news agency ANI quoted Narayan Bharat Gupta, Chittoor District Collector.

While three of the victims were shifted to Ruia Hospital in the temple town of Tirupati, five have been admitted to the CMC hospital in Vellore in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

The others were undergoing treatment in the government hospital in Chittoor, police said.Chittoor district Collector Narayana Bharat Gupta and Superintendent of Police Senthil Kumar visited the dairy unit and supervised the rescue operation.

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"We have ordered an inquiry, and the exact cause of the mishap will be revealed only later. The possible human negligence angle will also be probed," Gupta said. He said the condition of the workers undergoing treatment was stable.

(With PTI inputs)

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