At least 15 killed in blast at GAIL site in Andhra Pradesh, over 20 injured

According to reports, at least 15 people have been killed in the explosion at GAIL site in Andhra Pradesh.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2014 2:07 pm
The trunk pipeline of Gas Authority of India Ltd exploded following a gas leak early on Friday morning. The trunk pipeline of Gas Authority of India Ltd exploded following a gas leak early on Friday morning.

At least 15 persons were killed and several injured after the trunk pipeline of Gas Authority of India Ltd (Gail) exploded following a gas leak early on Friday morning near Nagaram in East Godavari district, about 600 km from Hyderabad.

While the explosion killed some persons in nearby houses, the resulting fire engulfed several other houses adjacent to the pipeline trapping residents and many were burnt alive.

BLAST IN A GAIL GAS PIPELINE

The incident occurred at 6 am and the injured have been evacuated to hospitals in Kakinada, Amalapuram and Razole. District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad said that the toll could rise. “It took two hours for the fire to be controlled after Gail cut the gas flow in the pipeline. We have evacuated all the injured some of them with serious burn injuries. We are not sure what caused the explosion,’’ Prasad said.

The explosion occurred close to the ONGC gas complex at Tatipaka An AP Government release said the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has ordered an inquiry. Deputy Chief Minister N Chinna Rajappa reached the spot to oversee relief and help for the victims’ families and those injured.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu told reporters, “As per initial reports we have received, 14 deaths have been reported and some more are critically injured and undergoing treatment.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences over the accident.

Initial reports claimed that the explosion took place at an ONGC site, but later it was reported that the blast actually took place at a GAIL site.

GAIL chairman B C Tripathi said the fire occurred in an 18-inch pipeline of the company near to the ONGC refinery complex.

“The reasons for the accident are not known yet. We are currently focused on rescue and relief operations,” he said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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    divya
    Jun 27, 2014 at 9:26 am
    YSRCP chief and leader of Opposition in the embly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed deep shock and extended his sympathies to the affected people in GAIL Blast...
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      Bindhu Madhavi
      Jun 27, 2014 at 7:09 am
      my condolence to their families hope Bolli babu takes action against those responsible for the incident....
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        Kasi Reddy
        Jun 27, 2014 at 7:13 am
        Blast at GAIL Pipeline in Andhra Pradesh, Three Feared Dead: At least three people are feared killed after a blast occurred at a gas ...There were earlier explosions too at this GAIL pipeline, this seems to be a really serious one.jagan expressed condolences.
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          Kasi Reddy
          Jun 27, 2014 at 7:11 am
          on Friday - The officials say that at least 11 people have been dead and 15 others injured after a pipeline was exploded of gas authority of India in east Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh--the gas authority of India limited is the largest natural and gas processing and distribution company---GAIL chairman told that the fire had occurred in a pipe line of the company a refinery in Nagarm village---a senior officials has say that the fire had been brought under control and it is not clear what caused the blast-----jagan expressed condolences.
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            Kavya Sindhu
            Jun 27, 2014 at 7:13 am
            I conve my deeply condolence to the families of the died people. I hope Govt should take some preventive steps to reiterate such types of incidents...
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              anand
              Jun 27, 2014 at 7:17 am
              sad news. but pl update the news. Is it AP?? or Telengana or Seemandhra ?
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