Maharashtra: 10 killed, over 40 injured as powerful blast rips chemical factory in Dhule

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Updated: Aug 31, 2019 2:40 PM

At least 100 workers were present inside the factory, located in Waghadi village in Shirpur taluka, when the blast took blast.

dhule blast, maharashtra factory blastThick black smoke could be seen billowing out from the factory premises following the explosion. (Photo/ANI)

Dhule factory blast: At least 10 workers were killed and 40 injured in an explosion of gas cylinders at a chemical factory in Dhule district of Maharashtra on Saturday morning, police said.

At least 100 workers were present in the factory in Waghadi village in Shirpur taluka when the explosion occurred around 9:45 am, a senior police officer told PTI.

“Ten workers were killed and 40 injured in the explosion,” Dhule Superintendent of Police Vishwas Pandhare said.

Several teams of police, disaster management, fire brigade were conducting rescue operations at the site.

“Prima facie, multiple cylinders exploded at the factory. At least eight bodies have been recovered by police and rescue teams so far. Rescue operation is on,” said the Shirpur police station officer.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and took stock of the situation arising out of the explosion at the chemical factory.

During the telephonic conversation, the chief minister conveyed to the home minister that the state government has been doing its best to help those who are in distress.

“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,” Shah tweeted.

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