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Around 200 workers fall sick due to gas leak in Andhra Pradesh

Around 200 workers fall sick due to gas leak in Andhra Pradesh.

Visakhapatnam: Hundreds of women workers fell sick when they inhaled suspected ammonia gas at Brandix Apparel India City in the SEZ at Atchyutapuram in Anakapalli district, about 35 km from here, on Friday morning.

A representative of the Brandix complex said 190 women reported sick, and most of them were released after first aid was given at the company hospital. Many have been admitted to Achyutapuram and Anakapalli hospitals.

“The gas did not emanate from the factory. Since none of the units and air conditioning system use Ammonia, it might have come from other units near the SEZ,’’ a company spokesperson told

Around 200 workers fall sick due to gas leak in Andhra Pradesh

Around 200 workers fall sick due to gas leak in Andhra Pradesh.

Inspector of factories Satyanarayana said a team of officials was deployed to identify the gas source and confirm whether it was Ammonia or some other gas.

He said the workers inhaled gas at about 11.30 am at Brandix Intimate Ltd, formerly Quantum Seeds. Immediately they were sent to the in-house clinic, and the factory operations were halted. Most victims were later admitted to the Achyutapuram PHC and the NTR Hospital in Anakapalli, and their condition was stable.

 “They had suffocation and felt vomiting sensation soon after inhaling the gas,’’ a senior police officer said.

“Porus is located 1.5km away and they do not use Ammonia. The other unit close by is the effluent treatment plant one km away from Brandix. The ETP will have a mix of all gases,” the factory inspector said.

“The leak was for a short duration, and it is difficult to identify the gas. Initially, there was talk about ammonia leakage, which is yet to be confirmed,’’ said joint chief engineer of AP Pollution Control Board, Rajendra Reddy.

 Industries minister Gudivada Amarnath said a committee had been formed to ascertain the source of the leak and identify the gas. “The team will have a joint collector of Anakapalli, inspector of factories, executive engineer of the pollution control board, and ASP of Anakapalli as its members,’’ the minister said.

Brandix has 22,000 employees on its rolls, of which 18,000 are women.

From Delhi, chief minister Jagan Reddy inquired about the gas leak incident and sought details from the authorities. CMO officials explained the likely reasons. The district collector immediately went to oversee the relief efforts. The CM asked the officials to provide better treatment to the victims.



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