PM Modi As the death toll in gas leak at a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakapatnam jumped to eight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on phone to take stock of the situation.
Modi also assured Reddy of the help and support required from the central government in the matter. Earlier today, the prime minister had called a meeting of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at 11 AM. He also met officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
“Spoke to officials of MHA and NDMA regarding the situation in Visakhapatnam, which is being monitored closely. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam,” he wrote on Twitter.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke to the concerned authorities and said that the government is closely monitoring the situation.
“The incident in Vizag is disturbing. Have spoken to the NDMA officials and concerned authorities. We are continuously and closely monitoring the situation. I pray for the well-being of the people of Visakhapatnam,” said a tweet from Shah’s official handle.
The incident occurred at RR Venkatapuram village of the area where gas leakage was identified at LG Polymers in Gopalpatnam. People complained of burning sensation in eyes and difficulties in breathing following which, they were admitted to the hospital.
Videos from the incident site show people lying on the roads unconscious while some wearing masks are helping the injured. The Prime Minister has also convened a meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority at 11 am in wake of the situation, the PMO said.
The prime minister wrote on Twitter that he spoke with Union Home Ministry officials and National Disaster Management Authority regarding the situation “which is being monitored closely.” “I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam,” he said. The Prime Minister’s Office said Modi spoke to the state chief minister.
“He assured all help and support,” a PMO tweet said. At least six people have died and nearly 100 hospitalised after a gas leak at a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam in the early hours of Thursday.
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Other leaders too expressed anguish over Vizag gas leak tragedy and shared their condolence messages on their Twitter timelines. Here’s a look.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, saying he was “shocked” and had asked party workers and leaders in the area to aid rescue and relief efforts.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also tweeted, saying news of the gas leak was “worrying” and that disaster response teams were working with the state government to contain the situation. Telanagan CM K Chandrashekar Rao and Industres minister KTR express sorrow over the incident, offering condolences to bereaved families.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also offered his condolences and said he would pray for the well-being of the people of Visakhapatnam. Actor Chiranjeevi express sorrow over the incident, offering condolences to bereaved families.