Vizag gas leak claims at least 11 lives: Amit Shah terms incident 'disturbing', says home ministry closely monitoring situation
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday described the gas leak at a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam as "disturbing" and said the central government is closely monitoring the situation.
He said he is praying for the well-being of the people of Visakhapatnam.
"The incident in Vizag is disturbing. Have spoken to the NDMA officials and concerned authorities. We are continuously and closely monitoring the situation," Shah tweeted.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy spoke to Andhra Pradesh's chief secretary and director general of police and took stock of the situation.
Reddy instructed teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to provide necessary assistance to the victims.
"I am continuously monitoring the situation. Hundreds of people have also been affected in the unprecedented and unfortunate event in Visakhapatnam, AP," he said.
At least eleven people, including a child, have been killed and over 100 hospitalised due to the gas leak which took place at LG Polymers chemical plant in Visakhapatnam's Gopalapatnam area.
Modi tweeted his greetings and lauded his contribution to the BJP and the government.
During the hour-long meeting, the three ministers were believed to have discussed the availability of coal to power plants and the current power demands.
The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education has also released the rank cards for students who appeared for the exam