Indian Air Force airlifts essential Chemicals to assist State Government in tackling the Vizag Gas leak

Indian Air Force airlifts essential Chemicals to assist State Government in tackling the Vizag Gas leak

Indian Air Force airlifts essential Chemicals to assist State Government in tackling the Vizag Gas leak: The Indian Air Force carried out its latest task as part of its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations by assisting the state government of Andhra Pradesh in tackling the Vizag gas leak on 09 May 2020,  Based on the request from Industries and Commerce department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Indian Air Force airlifted 8.3 T of essential chemicals required to effectively control the gas leak that occurred at Styrene Monomer Storage tank in LG Polymers at Vizag, Andhra Pradesh.

Two An-32 transport aircraft of IAF were deployed to airlift approximately 1100 kg of Tertiary Butylcatechol and 7.2 T of Polymerization Inhibitors and Green Retarders from Mundra, Gujarat to Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. These chemicals were required to reduce the toxicity of the gas being leaked from the storage tank. The Indian Air Force also facilitated the move of Director, Indian Institute of Petroleum from Delhi and a specialist on Styrene Gas from Mumbai to Vizag, the two individuals were required to oversee the operations being undertaken to control the gas leak.

Also, as a part of meeting the emerging requirements of Govt of India during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Air Force continued to airlift essential supplies required to equip state governments and supporting agencies to combat the contagion effectively. A total of 703 T of the load has been airlifted since the time IAF began its operations to assist the government of India on 25 Mar 20. A total of 30 heavy and medium airlift assets have been earmarked by the Indian Air Force for undertaking any COVID-19 related task.

Source: PIB

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