New Delhi: A blast occurred in a warehouse of chemical storage tanks, near Kandla port and Indian Oil Refinery in Gujarat on Monday. Fire tenders have rushed to the spot and a firefighting operation is underway. As per reports, at least one has died while four others have gone missing. All four missing labourers are feared dead by the rescue officials.
The incident took place around noon on Monday, when a group of workers was involved in welding work at the storage tank.
Deputy SP Gandhidham DS Vaghela said, “The explosion in the tank triggered a fire. The tank number 303 at the warehouse of the Indian Molasses Company (IMC) was stored with Methanol when the explosion took place,” as quoted by ANI. “Officials of Deendayal port trust along with 10 fire tenders are present on the spot. The search for missing employees is underway,” she added.
In 2002, a similar accident had occurred in Kesar terminal and it had taken three days to control it and the entire Kandla complex was vacated at the time, reported IANS.
Earlier on December 27, a labourer was killed while four others had sustained injuries in a blast at Sidhi Vinayak Steel factory in Nalagarh. As per prima facie, it appeared that lack of safety measures led to the tragedy. The police registered a case against the factory management.
Fire breaks out at chemical factory in Hapur, fire fighting operations underway
A fire broke out a chemical factory in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Fire fighting operations are underway. Apart from this, ambulances have also been rushed to the spot to provide medical aid to injured residents of the locality. As per ininitial report, one labourer has succumbed to injuries.
In a similar incident earlier on Monday, a blast occurred in a warehouse of chemical storage tanks, near Kandla port and Indian Oil Refinery in Gujarat in which reportedly three people died while two went missing– feared dead.