Five dead, 125 injured in chemical factory blast at Dombivli

At least five workers were killed and around 125 others injured when in a massive blast when a boiler at a private chemical company in the MIDC industrial complex here on Thursday morning, police said.

The cylinder blast – at the Acharya Chemicals company in Dombivli MIDC phase 2 – occurred around 11 am sparking a major fire at the manufacturing unit in Thane district, just north of Mumbai.

Fifteen fire-tenders and water tankers from Dombivli, Thane, Kalyan and other surrounding towns, as well as National Disaster Response Force teams from Thane and Pune, and the National Security Guard team from Mumbai, rushed to the spot to tackle the emergency, said District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar.

However, NDTV quoted Santosh Kadam, in-charge of Thane District Regional Disaster Management Cell, as saying that rescue operations were suffering because of the fire. Rescuers believe that many workers are still trapped under the debris, according to Zee News.

The blast sent shock waves, shattering glass panes for up to three to four kilometres from the blast site. The blast has caused damage to six other buildings, reported The Times of India.

The shock wave shook buildings, shattered glass windows of several residential and industrial buildings, moving or parked vehicles, injured pedestrians, vehicle drivers and even cattle in the surrounding vicinity for almost two kms.

A video uploaded by LNN News Network contains CCTV footage from the buildings nearby, which suffered the impact of the blast.

 

The blast also disrupted mobile communication and television cable services in the area for a few hours. Many locals mistook it for an earthquake and dropped everything to flee their homes to open places for safety.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted that he spoke to the officials concerned and relief operations will be sped up.

PWD Minister Eknath Shinde told ANI that the state government will extend support to the injured.

State Govt has taken the incident seriously,all support will be extended to the affected:Eknath Shinde,PWD Minister pic.twitter.com/cOsoTGMGE2

Kalyankar said arrangements were made for augmenting blood supplies for the injured victims who were admitted to nearby government or private hospitals and other relief measures.

Taking a serious view of the incident, Industry Minister Subhash Desai announced that all chemical industrial units in and around Dombivli would be shifted to alternate locations for which suitable legislative change would be effected.

He also announced that all such chemical industries in the city shall be shut down for a week to carry out an inspection and combing operation to ascertain implementation of various safety and security measures.

The district authorities have ordered a probe into the blast's cause and will carry out a safety review of all the 900-odd industrial units located in the sprawling MIDC area in Dombivli.

 

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: May 26, 2016 01:48 pm | Updated Date: May 27, 2016 12:39 pm