Chemical leak at LG plant in India kills 11, about 1,000 ill

Posted at 8:16 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 08:59:44-04

A gas leak at a chemical factory owned by a South Korean company in southern India has left at least 11 people dead and about 1,000 struggling to breathe. The chemical styrene, used to make plastic, leaked from the LG Polymers plant while workers were preparing to restart the facility after a coronavirus lockdown was eased. Dozens of people lay unconscious in the streets, arms open wide with white froth trailing from their mouths. The scene evoked bitter memories of a major industrial disaster in central Indian in 1984 that left least 4,000 people dead and another 500,000 injured when gas leaked from a Union Carbide India pesticide plant.