"All this is happening because there is no safety audit. The government should arrange safety audits and cancel the license of those who do not have an audit done," he added.

The ENC is also coordinating with the state administrations in Odisha and West Bengal to augment rescue and relief operations as needed.

The guidelines have been issued keeping in mind that mechanical, electrical and chemical equipment, which may not have been maintained during the lockdown may pose a risk to the health of workers.

He further said that 10 more fire tenders, including 2 foam tenders, are currently present at the spot and ambulances are ready for any emergency.

The death toll in Visakhapatnam gas leak rose to 10 by Thursday afternoon, according to SN Pradhan, Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Pradhan informed that the NDRF team which is specialised in chemical, biological, radiological disaster is in the fifth battalion from Pune and it is being flown from Pune to reach the site.

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At least eight people have been killed, including a child and about 120 admitted to hospital after styrene gas leak in RR Venkatapuram village

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).