Union Home Minister Amit Shah (File Photo)
Hours after a series of deadly cylinder blasts hit a chemical factory in Maharashtra, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday expressed his condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased. Shah has also spoken to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and directed the state government to do everything possible to assist the people in need. As per the latest reports, at least 13 people are dead and 58 others injured at multiple explosions that took place at the chemical unit, located at Waghadi village near Shirpur around 9:45 am this morning.
"Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to explosion at a chemical factory in Dhule, Maharashtra. Have spoken to CM Devendra Fadnavis, state govt is doing everything possible to assist the people in need. My condolences with the bereaved families. May injured recover soon," Shah tweeted.
Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to explosion at a chemical factory in Dhule, Maharashtra. Have spoken to CM @Dev_Fadnavis, state govt is doing everything possible to assist the people in need. My condolences with the bereaved families. May injured recover soon.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 31, 2019
Shortly afterwards, Fadnavis also took to Twitter and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased. He also condoled the loss of lives in the explosions, adding that the fire is now under control.
CM Devendra Fadnavis also announced â‚¹5 lakh to the kin of deceased.— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) August 31, 2019
Meanwhile, various teams of police, disaster management and fire brigade officials are present at the spot and put on survice to conduct rescue operations. The rescue operations were underway when the last reports came in.
"Prima facie, multiple cylinders exploded at the factory. At least eight bodies have been recovered by police and rescue teams so far. Rescue operation is on," said the Shirpur police station officer. However, the actual reason behind the explosions is yet to be ascertained.