And if COVID-19 wasn’t enough, we have another incident from Vizag, Vishakhapatnam. On early hours of Thursday, styrene gas is leaked from the LG polymers plant. 8 people, including a 6- year old girl died and around 200 people are admitted in the government hospital at Gopalapatnam. The gas leakage source is from the Hindustan Polymers plant at RR Venkatpuram, Gopalapatnam, Visakhapatnam.
With the reach of the gas in the environment it suspectable that the death toll will increase further. However, hospitals are taking all the necessary measures and hourly monitoring of the admitted patients is being done. The Vizag gas leakage took place at around 3am in the morning and had a spread of over 3kms in the environment. This affected 5 villages nearby which includes Padmapuram, Kamparapalem, B.C. Colony, and R.R. Venkatpuram.
What is Styrene?
The Styrene gas, also known as, ethenylbenzene, polyethene and vinylbenzene, is an organic compound and a derivative of benzene. It is a poisonous, and inflammable gas that is used in the plastics engineering industry. It is majorly used in the production of resins and plastics. With rapid evaporation potency, withshort-term exposure to styrene in humans can cause eye irritation and damage to the mucous membrane. It can also affect gastrointestinal functions.
Side effects of Styrene Gas leak
As mentioned, the toxic gas has been known as a popular carcinogen and if inhaled in large amounts can cause gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system issues. A person can face difficulty in breathing, feel nauseous or irritation in eyes. In severe cases, it can cause skin irritation, burning skin and rashes. Overexposure can lead to unconsciousness and other complications like vision loss, hearing impairment, etc.
Precautions for Styrene
If you are anywhere nearby or in the vicinity of the Vizag gas leak area it is highly recommended to take precautionary measures.
- Cover your face with a wet cloth. This helps the gas to settle down outside and not effect you with direct inhalation.
- Frequently wash your eyes and skin with water
- Keep spraying water in your surroundings
- Wear mask all the time.
- Eat light and nutrient-rich food
- In case of breathing issues, Call the Hospital/Doctor nearby.
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