Highlights

  • Nearly 140 workers of a garment factory fall sick after gas leak
  • Gas reported leaked from a laboratory near the garment factory
  • No deaths were reported due to the gas leak

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Andhra Pradesh: nearly 140 workers sick after a gas leak in a garment factory

They were first taken to the health centre in the zone and later taken to hospitals in Anakapalli and Visakhapatnam.

Nearly 140 people, mainly women, working in an apparel unit in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near Visakhapatnam, fell sick following a suspected ammonium gas leak on Friday. No casualties were reported.

The gas was suspected to have leaked from Porus Laboratories located outside the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation SEZ at Atchyutapuram, but its impact was felt in the apparel unit inside the economic zone, where the workers immediately fell unconscious after complaining of eyesore and vomiting.

They were first taken to the health centre in the zone and later taken to hospitals in Anakapalli and Visakhapatnam.

State Industries Minister Gudivada Amarnath said there was no loss of life but many of the workers fell sick due to the gas leak.

Officials from the AP Pollution Control Board reached the laboratory premises and, along with engineers, checked the gas leak.

“We are investigating the cause of the gas leak. I have asked for a report on the incident. The situation is now under control,” the Industries Minister added.

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