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Gujarat: Explosion in a Chemical Factory in Bharuch, 5 Killed, 57 Injured

Industrial units and business organisations are not free from unfortunate incidents and deadly hazards. On June 3, 2020, a massive blast took place in Dahej Industrial Area of Bharuch district in Gujarat. As per the reports in the media, a deadly explosion occurred in Yashaswi Chemicals Private Limited- a pesticide company. In this blast, 5 workers died instantly and 57 others got injured. The reason for the explosion is not revealed so far. According to officials, a fire took place in the company's storage area around 12 PM which turned into a massive explosion. All injured individuals were admitted to the nearby hospital and are being treated. Bharuch District Magistrate MD Modiya stated that around 57 people were burnt in the blast and are receiving medical treatment for the same. A team of 15 fire tenders extinguished the fire by 4 PM. MD Modiya also said that people living nearby Lakhi and Luwara villages are being evacuated as a precautionary measure because there are plants of toxic chemicals near the factory. As per individuals present at the spot, the explosion in the factory was so intense that its echo was heard 20KM away from there.
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Vizag gas leak kills 11, boiler blast rocks Tamil Nadu: Tragedies strike India amid coronavirus lockdown

India on Thursday woke up to an industrial chemical leak which killed 11 people and made at least 1,000 others sick. LG Polymer Plant at R Venkatapuram village near Andhra Pradesh's Vishakhapatnam had a gas leak from one of its chemical tanks, left unattended since the lockdown in March. Styrene gas enveloped the nearby village at around 2.30 am. By morning thousands were sick while authorities tried to evacuate the area and transport people to the nearby hospitals. Social distancing or concern for a coronavirus outbreak was not on any mind. One of the two tanks at the multinational company LG Polymers Plant malfunctioned when the factory was getting ready for reopening. A preliminary report by the Factories Department indicated the leak was caused by a technical glitch in the refrigeration unit attached to the two styrene tanks. The leak was noticed by the company staff member who was reportedly inspecting machines to restart the factory and raised an alarm. As much as 1,800 tonnes of styrene is said to have been in the storage tank when the leakage happened. By 2.30 AM, the gas had enveloped the nearby village, causing a mass scale health crisis. By 9.30 AM when the thick fog caused by the gas lifted, the number of sick had escalated steeply.
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Chhattisgarh: 7 workers fall ill after inhaling poisonous gas at paper mill in Raigarh district

Seven workers fell ill after inhaling some poisonous gas at a paper mill in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district, police said on Thursday. The incident occurred at Shakti Paper Mill in Tetla village, where the victims were cleaning an open tank on Wednesday evening, Raigarh superintendent of police Santosh Singh said. However, the factory owner did not inform the administration about the incident, which only came to light after the hospital authorities alerted the police, he said. The mill had remained shut ever since the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced and the cleaning work was underway to resume operations, the official said. The workers were admitted to a local hospital, from where three were shifted to Raipur in view of their critical condition, he said. A team of forensic experts was dispatched to the spot to investigate the exact cause of the incident, Singh said, adding that a case will be registered soon.
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Boiler explodes at Neyveli Lignite Corporation plant in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore; 7 injured

An explosion has occurred at a plant of NLC India Limited in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore. Reports said a boiler exploded at the plant of NLC India Limited, formerly known as Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited. Seven people are reported to be injured in the boiler blast. Massive smoke could be seen billowing out of the plant. NLC India Limited’s relief and rescue teams have reached the spot and are trying to bring the situation under control. Top NLC officers are also rushing to the site, Times Now reported.
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Eight dead, nine injured after fireworks factory blast in India

An explosion at a fireworks factory killed eight people and injured nine others on March 20. The incident occurred near Sattur in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Workers were thought to be handling chemicals to be used in firecrackers when the blast occurred. There were around 30 people working in the unit at the time. The blast caused a fire which spread to several other units on the site. Although the factory was licensed to make fireworks, local media reported that the unit where the blast occurred did not have the necessary permit to allow workers to handle chemicals for firecrackers.
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Mishap at sugar factory

The dust catcher unit of Hemavati Cooperative Sugar Factory at Srinivasapura near Channarayapatna collapsed after a blast on Sunday, leaving the farmers, who expected the crushing of sugarcane to begin later this month, worried. he dust catcher attached to the boiler exploded and fell off, making the employees at the unit run for safety. However, none was injured. Fire tenders rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze. The installation of the dust catcher was completed only on Saturday.
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Chemical factory near Mumbai catches fire, explosions fan blaze

A major fire broke out in a chemical factory at the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Dombivli, around 31 km away from Mumbai Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said. No one was injured in the fire at the Metropolitian Eximch Ltd that began around 1 pm, officials said. The fire department dispatched four fire tenders to put out the blaze. The fire spread following explosions in the factory, fire officials said. “The fire fighting is underway. Explosions have been reported from the site of the fire. It is a chemical company. The fire is spreading across the facility and releasing thick smoke. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained,” said Dilip Gund, chief fire officer, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation. An activist claimed that the facility which caught fire is one of the five highly hazardous units in Dombivli MIDC. “This particular company is one of the highly hazardous units in Dombivli MIDC. According to the right to information inquiry I filed earlier, this company has been listed as highly dangerous. Recently when the state chief minister visited Dombivli I had given the list of these unsafe companies asking him to make provisions to shift them to some other place for safety reason,” said Raju Nalawade, secretary, Dombivli housing welfare association.Chemical company in near Mumbai catches fire, explosions fan blaze
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Rajasthan: 15 injured as boiler explodes at Birla Cement plant in Chittorgarh

According to the preliminary information the explosion took place as the coal in the coil plant caught fire after the temperature rose. After the blast, the burning coal fell on the people working below.
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4 dead, 5,000 evacuated after ONGC plant fire

A major fire broke out on Tuesday morning at ONGC’s oil and gas processing complex at Uran near Navi Mumbai. The fire and the resulting explosions led to the death of three security personnel and one company official.
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Dhule chemical factory explosion: Toll rises to 13, Devendra Fadnavis announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased

At least 13 workers were killed and 58 others injured in chain explosions of nitrogen gas cylinders at a chemical factory in Dhule district of Maharashtra on Saturday morning, police said.
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