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15 dead, 36 injured in explosion at firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu

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In an unfortunate incident, at least 15 people died and 36 got injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu.  The explosion happened at around 1.30 pm during the mixing of chemicals for manufacturing firecrackers. The death toll is likely to go up.

Following the incident, 10 fire tenders were deployed at the spot to douse the flames. However, the firefighting team was struggling due to the presence of chemicals at the site. According to sources, the factory was not following fire safety rules that could have resulted in the explosion. Police have started an investigation into the matter.

Tamil Nadu CM announces compensation

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Karuppa Palaniswami has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 3 lakh to the family members of 15 people who have died in the explosion at the factory.

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The CM has also announced Rs 1 Lakh for those who are severely injured in the explosion.

PM Modi expresses grief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the blast. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted, “Fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu is saddening. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover soon. Authorities are working on the ground to assist those affected: PM @narendramodi.”

“An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each has been approved from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a fire in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. Rs 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured,” the PMO said.

 

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