Ludhiana Gas Leak: Eleven people died after inhaling toxic gas in the city’s thickly-populated Giaspura area on Sunday, police said.
A 50-member team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also reached the site. The deceased include 6 males and 5 females. They have been identified as Sourav (35), Varsha (35), Aryan (10), Chulu (16), Abhay (13), unknown female (40), unknown female (25), Kalpesh (40) unknown male (25), Neetu Devi and Navneet Kumar, a NDRF official said.
9 people dead, 11 people hospitalised in an incident of gas leak in Ludhiana, #Punjab pic.twitter.com/OAQJgCBjQ5— Akashdeep Thind (@thind_akashdeep) April 30, 2023
An NDRF official said it was yet to be found which gas caused the deaths. The source of the leakage and the type of the gas are yet to be ascertained, police said, adding that the area has been sealed while a fire brigade and an ambulance have been deployed there.
#CBRN_Ops— NDRF 🇮🇳 (@NDRFHQ) April 30, 2023
Gas leakage incident happened @ Giyaspura, SuaRoad Ludhiana, PB
Area cordoned & sealed; 2 #NDRF teams on the spot
Evacuation in progress in coordination with district adm, police & FS to safer places@HMOIndia@BhallaAjay26@AtulKarwal@satyaprad1@PIBHomeAffairs pic.twitter.com/dcquORGmFJ
According to reports, eight persons, including two men, four women and two children, were brought dead to the civil hospital.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said the incident was very painful and added that all possible help is being provided.
“The incident of gas leak in Giaspura area of Ludhiana is very painful. Teams of police, district administration and NDRF are present on the spot. Every possible help is being provided..,” Mann said in a tweet in Punjabi.
Deputy commissioner Ludhiana Surabhi Malik said a chemical was suspected to have reacted in manholes. “Samples have been collected from manholes in the area as it is suspected that neurotoxins caused the fatalities,” Malik was quoted by HT as saying.
“Extracting samples from manholes for various kinds of chemical tests. Then we will get more information if possible cause. The gas has been diluted but MC teams, PPCB teams are working to check if any more such chemical reactions are there in the vicinity,” she added.
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