Deadly gas leak kills 11 and leaves more in hospital

At least 11 people have died after a gas leak in India. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were at the site on Sunday. Police were seen patrolling while wearing masks and asking locals to stay away from the area that has been cordoned off. The gas leak took place in Ludhiana in the northern Indian state of Punjab. 

Bhagwant Mann, Punjab’s chief minister, expressed sadness over the deadly leak.

“The incident of gas leak in the factory in Giaspura area of ​​Ludhiana is very sad,” Mann said in a tweet. “Police, government and NDRF teams are present at the spot. All possible help is being provided.”

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik told reporters the deaths were a likely result of “gas contamination”.

“It is quite likely that maybe some chemical reacted with methane in manholes,” she was quoted as saying by ANI. “… All of this is being verified. NDRF is retrieving samples.”

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