New Delhi, May 7: The Indian sports fraternity, led by cricket captain Virat Kohli, has extended its heartfelt condolences to the families affected in the tragic Vizag gas leak incident that claimed at least 11 lives on Thursday. According to National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) DG SN Pradhan, the incident occurred at 0230 hrs on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday in Visakhapatnam and around 1,000 people have been exposed to the gas leak. Expressing grief over the tragedy, Team India skipper Virat Kohli offered condolences to the families, who lost their loved ones in the disastrous incident. ''My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the Vizag gas leak. Praying for everyone affected and recovering in the hospital,'' Kohli tweeted.
Besides Kohli, the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh, PV Sindhu, Shikhar Dhawan and Sania Mirza among others, also tweeted about the incident, while expressing condolences to the ones affected. "A gas tragedy now??? Omg...The visuals are so disturbing. God!!! Please have mercy," Indian off-spinner Ashwin said. "Heart breaking to see the visuals of Vizag gas leak. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Vizag," Indian shuttler PV Sindhu said. "Really unfortunate news of the #VizagGasLeak claiming lives and affecting many others. My deepest condolences to the family members of those deceased and praying for the quick recovery of those affected. Stay strong and safe Vizag," Yuvraj tweeted. ''What an unfortunate incident with the gas leak in Vizag prayers and thoughts are with everyone there and specially ppl and families affected .. stay strong Vizag, '' ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza said.
''Shocked to hear about the #VizagGasLeak, I feel bad for all who lost their life. My heartfelt condolences to their family and loved ones. Let's all pray for the well-being in Visakhapatnam,'' opener Shikhar Dhawan said. Taking stock of the chemical disaster in Vishakahapadtnam, Mr Pradhan said that the effectiveness of Styrene gas, which leaked from the LG Polymer factory there, has become less effective with passage of time and it is expected that it's impact in the atmosphere will reduce further. People were evacuated in the radius of about three km from the site of the gas leak, he added. (UNI)