After social media rumours circulated of second gas leak in LG Polymers factory in Visakhapatnam, a large number of people fled their homes in Pendurthy, Vepagunta, Simhachalam, Gopalapatnam, Madhavadhara, Marripalem and a few other areas in Visakhapatnam. But later it was found out that they were just only rumours and now situation has become quite normal as people have started to return back to their homes.
Eleven people, including a six-year-old girl, died and over 350 were admitted to hospitals after styrene monomer gas leaked from a chemical plant belonging to LG Polymers at RR Venkatapuram in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
Majority of the people who emptied their homes spent the night sitting in their four-wheelers on the road while some stretched out on footpaths along the Adavivaram-Mudasarlova route. Scores of people took to the beach road stretch between NTR statue and Park Hotel junction in the city. There were many who had to reach out to friends and relatives in the early hours of the day.
On Thursday midnight, rumours spread around the area that the police were asking residents within 5 km radius of the LG Polymers plant to evacuate due to another gas leak. The incident took place when authorities were evacuating people from within 1 km radius as a precaution, since some amount of styrene vapour was still present in the area.