More than a dozen dead, over 50 hurt in factory explosion in Maharashtra

Mumbai: At least 13 persons died and more than 50 others injured in a major explosion at a Chemical Factory in Shirpur near Maharashtra’s Dhule on Saturday. Seventy more persons are still trapped inside the factory, authorities informed. Rescue and relief efforts are underway. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed at the site. 

As per preliminary information, the explosion occurred at inside a chemical company compound in Shirpur’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. The blast was so intense that surrounding villages felt tremors. Six fire brigades were immediately rushed to the accident spot. 

Plumes of black smoke have engulfed the entire area. Authorities fear the smoke could be hazardous and may endanger the lives of people in the area. Since MIDC’s premises are far from the city, several workers reside within the company premises along with their families. 

Among those injured include several minor children living inside the compound.

Treatment and rescue efforts were delayed after the first responders at the site feared multiple explosions would follow. 

The injured have been admitted to sub-district hospital. Those in critical condition have been shifted to private hospitals in the area. 

The overall death toll is likely to go up, fear authorities.

Prima facie, a leaking chemical from a barrel triggered fire which led to serial explosions in the factory in Waghadi village in Shirpur taluka around 9.45 am, a senior police officer  said.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to 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.