While at least 12 people have died, over 1,000 people have been affected due to the styrene gas leak from the South Korean chemical plant, named LG Polymers, in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam on Friday.
The condition of over 100 people remains critical, and more than 1,000 people have been admitted to the hospital. This gas leak has affected an area of over 3 km, and as a precaution, around six villages near the chemical plant have been evacuated.
The effect of styrene gas on the body
Styrene gas has hazardous effects on the body. The person coming in contact with this gas starts having problems in breathing, body rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, and fainting. This gas can also prove to be deadly to those who inhale it.
How dangerous is styrene gas?
– This gas is used to make things like plastic, paint, and tires.
– Burning in the body, which is caused when this gas is inhaled, has a direct effect on the central nervous system.
– Styrene gas is hazardous for children and respiratory disease patients
Styrene gas is also called PVC gas.
Also called PVC gas, polystyrene is found in different forms. PVC was brought to plastic in 1926 by a scientist named Waldo Semon. Today, PVC is the third most trusted plastic product in the world. Earlier polyethylene and polypropylene are used. PVC, Polyvinyl Chloride, is used to make building materials, such as PVC pipes, window frames, doors, joints, tanks, among others, because they are cheap, long-lasting, and durable.
History of LG Polymers chemical plant
The LG Polymers Industry was established in India in 1961 as Hindustan Polymers. The company manufactures polystyrene and its copolymers. Hindustan Polymers was merged with UB Group’s McDowall & Company Limited in 1978 and then became LG Polymers Industry.