Death toll rises as gas pipeline explodes in Steel plant

At least 9 people died and 14 injured after a gas pipeline exploded in Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district on Tuesday afternoon.

The blast took place in a pipeline near coke oven section of the plant in Bhilai town, located around 30 km from the state capital Raipur according to the police sources.

“At least 12 people sustained burn injuries in the explosion,” he added. Police personnel and a rescue team rushed to the spot, the official said, adding that the injured were rushed to hospital.

The plant is operated by the state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

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