Vizag gas leak: Cine personalities express shock, pray for speedy recovery of affected

Mumbai, May 7 (PTI) Indian film personalities such as R Madhavan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rakul Preet Singh, SS Rajamouli and others on Thursday expressed dismay after at least 11 people died and 1,000 others were exposed to the gas leak at a chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam.

The incident, which took place in the early hours of Thursday, comes at a time when the country is reeling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The gas leak impacted villages within a 5-km radius of the plant, according to officials.

Taking to Twitter, Madhavan said he is praying for the safety of those exposed to the leak.

'I hope the sick ones recover soon,' he added.

Ayushmann said he is 'extremely saddened' to hear about the gas leak.

'Praying for everyone’s safety there. Condolences to the families of the victims,' the actor tweeted.

Rakul said she hopes measures are taken to get things under control soon.

'Stay safe my Vizag people,' the actor, who has done many films in Telugu and Tamil cinema, wrote.

Rajamouli said he is deeply disturbed by the visuals from the Vizag gas leak.

'Praying for the recovery of those admitted to the hospital. Heartfelt condolences to those who lost their near and dear ones,' the 'Baahubali' director said.

Bollywood veteran and BJP MP Sunny Deol said he is praying for the well being of all and offered condolences to the families of the deceased in the tragedy.

South star Mahesh Babu said it was 'heart wrenching' to hear the news of the gas leak, 'more so during these challenging times'.

'Heartfelt condolences and strength to the bereaved families in this hour of need. Wishing a speedy recovery to those affected. My prayers for you... Stay safe VIZAG,' he wrote on the microblogging site.

Actor Kajal Aggarwal said she was sending 'all my love and support' to those affected by the tragedy.

'I hope all necessary measures are taken to make sure the affected people recover at the earliest. My thoughts and prayers with the people of Vizag,' said her 'Magadheera' co-star Ram Charan.

Actors Arjun Kapoor, Tamannah Bhatia, Ali Fazal, Sidharth Malhotra, Kartik Aaryan and Swara Bhasker also offered their condolences to the victims and their families, and prayed for the speedy recovery of the survivors.

The grim scenes of the tragedy recalled the Bhopal gas leak, the world’s worst industrial disaster in which more than 3,000 people were killed and lakhs affected when methyl isocyanate gas leaked out from a Union Carbide plant on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984. PTI JUR/RB RDS RDS BK BK