Evacuation after LG Chem plant in India starts leaking toxic gas again

CHENNAI – Toxic gas leaked again early on Friday from a factory owned by LG Chem in Visakhapatnam in southern India, an official said, triggering a wider evacuation after at least 11 people were killed after a site leak the early hours of Thursday.

“The situation is tense,” fire officer N. Surendra Anand told Reuters, moving people within three miles of the factory.

Hours earlier, authorities said the situation was under control in the factory on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam, where a leak early on Thursday made hundreds of people sick.

The plant is operated by LG Polymers, part of LG Chem Ltd., South Korea’s largest petrochemical manufacturer.