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3 -August- 2022

50 workers hospitalised after gas leak in company in Andhra’s Atchyutapuram

As many as 50 women workers were rushed to hospital on Tuesday following a gas leak at an apparel manufacturing unit in the Brandix Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Andhra Pradesh's Atchyutapuram district.

Women workers had fallen sick allegedly after inhaling some poisonous gas at Quantum Seeds, a unit in Brandix in Anakapalli district.

As per Anakapalle Police, a few women fell ill after a gas leak was reported in a company located in Achutapuram. Some of them have been rushed to a local hospital.

According to Ankapalle Inspector of Police, 'The incident took place between 6:15 pm to 7 pm. There were around 1000 employees in the second shift, which was between 2 pm to 10 pm. 50 women complaining of vomiting and nausea were shifted to Ankapalle Hospital."

"All others have been evacuated. The situation is under control. The employees fell sick with mild symptoms and are undergoing treatment. The reason for the incident is yet to be known. No fatalities have been reported," police officer said.

The real cause of the sickness was not known as the medical examination was being conducted into the gas leak incident.

While some of the workers were administered first aid in the medical centre in the SEZ, some others were shifted to nearby hospitals.

However, at present, there is no smell of gas at the plant and police have launched an investigation into the matter.

A team of experts from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad visited the lab and conducted tests to determine the cause of the gas leak, while the AP Pollution Control Board ordered closure of the lab.

The state government and officials have not revealed the cause of the gas leak incidents. The management has allowed employees to work inside the unit without knowing the cause of the first incident.

News Courtesy: India Today

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