Rescuers are searching for nine workers feared trapped after an explosion inside an underground facility at a hydroelectric dam in Srisailam, Telangana. According to officials, 30 workers were at the plant in Srisailam when the blaze started, fifteen escaped through a tunnel and another six workers were brought out by rescue teams. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.
Rescue teams were called in after an explosion and a fire were reported inside an underground facility at a hydroelectric dam in Srisailam. Nine people are believed to be trapped inside.
According to local media, a fire broke out inside an underground power plant at the Srisailam Dam in Telangana State on Thursday night.
Update- #Breaking– Body of Assistant Engineer found(sent to post-mortem)- he was one among the 9 people stuck inside the underground tunnel. Eight of them are yet to be rescued. CISF team on ground, rescue operations underway. #Telangana #FireAccident
— Journalist Rafi (@JournalistRafi) August 21, 2020
The body of the Assistant Engineer was found and sent to post-mortem. He was one among the 9 people stuck inside the underground tunnel.
Videos from the scene show engineers with fire extinguishers rushing to put out a bright blaze raging on one of the power units.
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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 10 people have been rescued, six of whom were hospitalized.
Telangana Energy Minister Guntakandla Jagadish Reddy said that nine people are still trapped inside, while rescue efforts are being hampered by thick smoke in the facility.
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