Sunday, September 4, 2011

Six killed, 22 injured in dairy explosion, India - 4th Sept 2011

Six people were killed and 22 others received serious burn injuries when a huge explosion took place in the Dudhsagar Dairy at Mehsana on Saturday at 1.30pm. The blast resulted in a huge fire and caused massive damage to the milk processing unit.

Dudhsagar is the second largest dairy cooperative in Gujarat and one of India's biggest, known for its brand Sagar with an annual turnover of Rs 2,200 crore.

Authorities fear that death toll may go up as many of the victims have received serious burn injuries and there may be people trapped in the rubble.

Sources said the dairy's management has been seriously hit as two senior managers , heading the production and quality control departments, are badly injured. Another two managers, heading the engineering and purchase departments, are missing since the accident.

Officials initially said a spark in one of the boilers had led to the accident. However , senior government officers involved in the recue operation said the intensity was not that of the boiler blast. There was a possibility that ammonia kept in one of the storage facilities had caught fire resulting in the accident. All the victims were working close to the blast site.
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