Blast after fire at factory in India's Telangana, 5 feared dead

Blast after fire at factory in India
# 03 April 2024 19:15 (UTC +04:00)

At least five people have died and 10 others have been injured after the reactor in a chemical factory in Telangana's Sangareddy district exploded, APA reports citing NDTV.

Several others are still trapped, officials told NDTV, meaning the number of dead could increase, perhaps drastically. Local reports suggest 50 men were in the building at the time of the explosion.

Disturbing visuals from the scene showed the magnitude of the blast; one photo showed a smouldering pile of wreckage with smoke rising from the debris and the setting sun, a fiery ball of orange, providing a poignant backdrop. Others showed the body of some of the men who died.

One of the men who died is believed to be the factory manager.

Local media have said there is concern another reactor in the building could explode next, and authorities have begun evacuating people from surrounding areas.

The injured have been shifted to a government hospital.