Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) regarding the Vizag gas leakage incident.
"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," Modi's tweet read.
The Prime Minister also called for a meeting with NDMA officials. "In the wake of the situation in Visakhapatnam, PM @narendramodi has called for a meeting of the NDMA at 11 AM," tweeted the Prime Minister's Office.
A chemical gas leakage had occurred at the LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village in Visakhapatnam, according to Tirupathi Rao, District Medical & Health Officer (DMHO).
Meanwhile Andhra Pradesh DGP, Damodar Goutam Sawang told ANI that seven casualties have been recorded so far in connection with the incident.
"There have been seven casualties so far, one of them fell into the well when trying to escape. The incident occurred at around 3:30 am in the morning. The evacuation operation is still underway. The plant was shut due to the countrywide lockdown," Sawang said.
One hundred and twenty people have been hospitalised, police said.