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In pictures: Deadly explosion and major fire engulf chemical factory in Maharashtra's Thane

The explosion killed four and injured 56, with the state government pledging medical expense coverage and compensation

Our Web Desk Published 23.05.24, 05:49 PM
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At least four persons were killed and 56 injured following an explosion and major fire at a chemical factory in Maharashtra's Thane district. A major fire broke out after a boiler exploded at Amudan Chemical Company located in Phase 2 of Dombivli MIDC area around 1.40 pm.

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The four bodies recovered so far from the site were charred beyond recognition. The impact of the explosion and resultant fire affected at least five companies in the area.

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Industries minister Uday Samant, local MP Shrikant Shinde and MLA Raju Patil visited the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area, some 40 km from Mumbai. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced that the government will bear the expenses of the treatment of the injured persons, Samant said.

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The blast was so loud that it was heard a kilometre away, an eyewitness said. Glass windows of adjoining buildings cracked while many houses in the vicinity were damaged.

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CM Shinde has also directed that the victims should be paid compensation within a week.

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