Gas leak in industrial area in Anakapalli district; 50 workers fall ill, hospitalised

At least 50 people fell ill today allegedly after a gas leak took place at an apparel manufacturing unit in Atchutapuram village in Andhra Pradesh’s Anakapalli district. The workers were rushed to hospital after they complained of nausea and vomiting after the suspected gas leak.

“The gas leak reportedly took place at the premises of Brandix. 50 people have been shifted to hospitals, and evacuation is underway at the premises,” said Suprintendent of Police, Anakapalle.

The reported gas leak took place at an apparel manufacturing unit in the Brandix Special Economic Zone. The workers were administered first aid in the medical centre at the SEZ and later shifted to nearby hospitals.


Police are said to be waiting for Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Bureau (APPCB) officials to arrive and assess the situation, and no one is allowed to enter the premises of Brandix as of now, reported news agency ANI. 

A similar incident occurred in the district on June 3 when more than 200 women workers fell unconscious after complaining of eyesore, nausea, and vomiting. Officials suspect that ammonia gas leaked from the Porus Laboratories unit in the area.

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