Maharashtra: 13 killed, several injured in chemical factory blast in Dhule

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At least 13 people were killed and several others were injured in major explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Saturday morning, the police said.

The injured were taken to the hospital for further treatment.

According to the reports, many people are still trapped inside the factory, Rescue and relief efforts are currently underway.

At least 100 workers were present in the factory at the time of the incident, an official said.

Prima facie, cylinders explosion has been cited as the reason behind the blast.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had expressed grief over the loss of lives in the explosion and announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation to the families of those killed.

“CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over loss of lives in explosion at chemical factory near Shirpur in Dhule district. Guardian Minister, Collector, SP on spot. SDRF team reached too and now fire is under control,” CMO Maharashtra said in a tweet.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to CM Devendra Fadnavis and took stock of the situation.

“Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra. Have spoken to Devendra Fadnavis and the state govt is doing everything possible to assist people in need. My condolences with the bereaved families. May injured recover soon,” Shah tweeted.