Death toll mounts to 13 in Maharashtra chemical factory explosion

At least 13 persons were killed and 58 others were injured in chain ions of nitrogen gas cylinders at a chemical factory in Dhule district of Maharashtra Saturday morning. 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced a compensation of five lakh rupees each to the kin of deceased from the State Government. 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and took stock of the situation. 

AIR Mumbai Correspondent reports, Prima facie, a leaking chemical from a barrel triggered fire which led to serial explosions in the factory in Waghadi village in Shirpur taluka around 9:45 am. 

At least 100 workers were present in the factory at the time of the incident. The blaze has been brought under control but the rescue operation at the spot is still going on.

Teams of fire brigade, police, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are engaged in the rescue and relief operation. 

The injured including six children have been admitted at the Dhule civil hospital and Shirpur Cottage Hospital. All deceased have been identified. 

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