Zee Media Bureau/Hemant Abhishek
Bhilai: Six people died and over 50 were injured when a blast occurred at Chhattisgarh`s Bhilai Steel Plant followed by a gas leak that further worsened conditions on Thursday.
The accident took place between 6.30pm and 7pm due to breakdown in Water Pump House No-2 that affected people working nearby.
"We are deeply pained to learn that six employees have lost their lives,"a statement issued by Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) said late tonight.
A television report said that methane and carbon monoxide leaked from the plant following the explosion.
Among the dead were two DGM level officers, a fire fighter and two employees of the steel plant.
The injured were rushed to the hospital where the condition of 11 of them was said to be critical.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh expressed his grief over the incident and tweeted —
My heart goes down for families of deceased @ BSP Bhilai.In touch with Union Ministers & local administration for relief & rescue operations
— Dr Raman Singh (@drramansingh) June 12, 2014
Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) Pradeep Gupta said five persons, including two DGMs, were killed and 30 others injured in the incident.
The injured included CISF personnel, workers and officials of the public sector plant, he said.
The statement issued by SAIL said, "As per preliminary information, the main header of Pump House No 2 which supplies water to the Gas Cleaning Plants (GCP) of blast furnaces suddenly ruptured at around 18:10 hrs. This resulted in sudden loss in water pressure to the GCPs and the blast furnace gas from the scrubbers entered the water pipeline affecting the people attending the breakdown in the pump house and in the nearby area."
"All affected persons have been rushed immediately to the hospital. Best medical care is being provided to all of them and 11 persons have been admitted to ICU.
"Plant management is providing all the possible care and support and efforts are on for an early liquidation from the breakdown," the company statement said.
"Plant Management is providing all possible care and support and efforts are on for an early liquidation from the breakdown," the statement by the plant said.
A high-level inquiry would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the breakdown and the management will extend all the support to the gas-affected persons, the statement added.