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  Metros   Mumbai  01 Sep 2019  Explosion in Dhule chemical factory leaves 13 dead, 58 hurt

Explosion in Dhule chemical factory leaves 13 dead, 58 hurt

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Published : Sep 1, 2019, 2:12 am IST
Updated : Sep 1, 2019, 2:12 am IST

The state administration, meanwhile, announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased.

Fire rises out of a burning chemical factory after series of  cylinder explosion in Dhule on Saturday. (Photo: PTI)
 Fire rises out of a burning chemical factory after series of cylinder explosion in Dhule on Saturday. (Photo: PTI)

Mumbai: Multiple explosions at a chemical factory in Dhule killed at least 13 persons and left around 72 others severely injured on Saturday.

The authorities stated that the premises was buzzing with over 100 workers when the catastrophe hit Rumit Chemsynth Pvt Ltd at around 10 am. The police said that the toll could increase further.

The state administration, meanwhile, announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed that leakage from one of the barrels filled with nitrogen gas triggered a fire, which eventually resulted in a series of explosions due to the presence of several gas cylinders at the company premise.

The loud explosion prompted local villagers to rush to the site at Waghadi village in Shirpur Taluka. The villagers and first responders rushed the injured to Dhule Civil Hospital and Shirpur Cottage Hospital.

“The explosions triggered a massive fire which had to be controlled first. The fire fighting machinery from the entire district was pressed into service. The rescue operation continued till late in the night,” said an officer from Dhule District police.

The police said that those who succumbed to the injuries have been identified and their families have been contacted.

The police said that steps have been taken to keep the situation under control and hence Riot Control Police has been deployed in the village.

The company, where the incident took place, manufactured the chemical for medical purposes. The authorities inspected the boilers and found it to be in good condition.

The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ office expressed grief over the incident. “Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over loss of lives in explosion at chemical factory near Shirpur in Dhule district. Guardian Minister, Collector, SP on spot. SDRF team reached too and now fire is under control (sic),” tweeted official handle of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

The Union home minister Amit Shah also spoke to the chief minister and the latter stated that the state government is taking all the required steps to provide complete assistance to those affected.

“Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to explosion at a chemical factory in Dhule, Maharashtra. Have spoken to CM @Dev_Fadnavis, state govt is doing everything possible to assist the people in need. My condolences with the bereaved families. May injured recover soon,” Mr Shah tweeted.

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