Paradip (Odisha): At least 20 workers
were injured, eight of them seriously, when the roof of a silo
caved in at IFFCO plant here on Monday, police said.
"Many more are feared trapped inside the huge
structure. The structure made of steel frame and asbestos has
completed collapsed and the rescue operation is on,"
additional superintendent of police (Paradip) Bijay Sahu said.
Those with serious injuries were shifted to private
hospitals at Cuttack while the rest given medical treatment at
hospitals nearby, he said.
Fire brigade, ambulance and emergency service
personnel from IFFCO, Paradip Port Trust and personnel from
the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) were pressed
into the service and rescue operation was continuing in
full swing, he said.
IFFCO unit`s Executive Director, M R Patel said no
casualty has so far been reported after the structure with a
capacity of 45,000 tonnes and located very close to the sea
Though the structure, meant for storing fertilisers,
was properly maintained and its steel frames painted
regularly, the accident must have taken place due to rapid
corrosion in view of proximity to the sea, he said.
The asbestos structure is about 150 meters long, 50
meters wide and 27 metre high and it completely crumbled, the
ASP said adding medical teams from IFFCO as well as PPT, PPL,
Essar and government agencies have been engaged to provide
emergency treatment to the injured.