Nine workers dead after large fire erupts at hydroelectric power plant in India (VIDEOS)
Rescue teams were called in after an explosion and a fire were reported inside an underground facility adjacent to a hydroelectric dam in India. Nine people have perished in the incident.
A fire broke out inside an underground power plant located on one of the banks of the Srisailam Dam in Telangana State on Thursday night.
Worrying mishap at #Srisailam Left power house; nine #Transco employees trapped inside; rescue efforts on; 10 others were rescued; #NDRF called in; short circuit may have caused fire accident @ndtv @ndtvindia pic.twitter.com/9h4H5aVgrj
— Journalist Rafi (@JournalistRafi) August 21, 2020
Videos from the scene show engineers with fire extinguishers rushing to put out a bright blaze raging on one of the power units.
major fire🔥broke out in the hydel power station on the left canal of #Srisailam #Telangana. Rescue operations are underway 10rescued,9people stuck on the lwr floor of the power house
Prayers for the team trapped. hope they r safe..@PawanKalyan @JanaSenaParty @Cbn_Kota pic.twitter.com/nvCeEtvhwP
— Vinutha Kota (@VinuthaKota) August 21, 2020
Initial reports say that a short circuit may have caused the fire.
#Telangana CM #KCR expressed shock over accident that took place at #Srisailam Power Generation Plant. CM wanted all those who were trapped in Plant should come out safely. CM spoke to Minister Jagdeesh Reddy & Transco, Genco CMD D Prabhakar Rao & reviewed relief measures pic.twitter.com/gpWTEM0ZDy
— Aneri Shah (@tweet_aneri) August 21, 2020
A total of 11 people have been rescued, six of whom were hospitalized. Nine workers, including several engineers, have died. Telangana Energy Minister Guntakandla Jagadish Reddy said that rescuers had trouble getting to the trapped victims due to heavy smoke in the facility.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the incident “deeply unfortunate,” extending his condolences to the victims’ families.
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