Monday, July 6, 2009

Singrauli blasts MP Chemical factory

With the recovery of two more bodies, the death toll in the explosions that rocked two private factories manufacturing explosives for coal mining has climbed to 10, police said on Monday.

"Ten persons were killed and 49 others injured in the explosion that took place yesterday in two factories of the Bairhan Industrial area," Superintendent of Police (SP) Singrauli, Anurag told PTI.

The rescue operation is still going on and the toll may go up, he said.

"The operation, which is going on a war-footing, is likely to be completed by this evening," the SP said.

Nearly 25 people have been discharged after treatment, he said.

The cause of the blast is not yet known and an inquiry will be ordered once the rescue operation is complete, Mr. Anurag said.

Police said the first explosion occurred in the Ideal Explosives Industries around 1830 hours. The explosion had its impact in the neighbouring Rajasthan Explosives Private Ltd.

The explosion was so severe that both the factories were reduced to a rubble.

In a major disaster at a chemical hub at Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh. Atleast 30 people are being feared dead and hundreds more injured after multiple blasts in a detonator factory led trggered a massive fire engulfing many other factories in the vicintiy.

Huge plumes of black smoke were seen billowing out in the distance from the Bairhan Chemical Estate in Singrauli after a suspected ammonium nitrate leak caused the explosion. Visuals that you see on your screens are from the accident site in Singrauli.

Rescuers are still struggling to save those still trapped in the rubble especially since the entire area has plunged into darkness after power was disrupted.

Even as we speak, early in the moning rescuers have cordoned off 1.5 square kms of the area surrounding the actual blast site fearing leakage of ohe noxious

The death toll may mount as the two factories in the Baliyari Industrial Area of Singrauli were reduced to rubble, according to police.

The first explosion occurred in Ideal Explosives Industries, a detonators manufacturing unit for coal mines. The blast triggered a deafening explosion in the neighbouring unit of Rajasthan Explosives Private Ltd.

The witnesses said the blast sound could be heard many kilometres away from the site.

Officials and the witnesses said at least 15 factories in the vicinity were affected.

The entire industrial area plunged into darkness as power supply was snapped.

The injured were being rushed to hospitals and rescue and relief works were on. Efforts were on to restore the power supply as it was becoming difficult to carry out relief operations in an almost zero visibility, the officials said.

Singrauli's minister-in-charge Rajendra Shukla confirmed the tragedy but refused to give the casualty figures.

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