İrem GÖL -TDO- At least 11 people died and hundreds of people were hospitalised due to a gas leak at a chemical factory in south-east India. A plastics plant owned by South Korean company LG Corp started leaking styrene into the surrounding residential area in the early hours of the morning. Hundreds of people were admitted to hospital with symptoms of gas exposure. Police charges have been filed against LG Corp for negligence and culpable homicide.

LG Corp released a statement on Thursday informing that gas had stopped leaking from the plant. They said: “We would like to express our deepest condolences to the deceased and their families. We have mobilised out technical teams to work with the investigating authorities to arrive at the exact cause of the incident.”

Another 1500 people were evacuated from the neighbouring villages. The plant has been reopened in the past days after India relaxed a nationwide lockdown which had imposed on 25th of March to contain the spread of the Covid-19. Officials said the leak was from two 5000 tonnes tanks and happened as workers were preparing to restart the facility.

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