Highlights

  • Fire at firecracker factory in MP
  • 6 dead, 59 injured
  • Several feared trapped, death toll may rise

Latest news

22 kids & counting: mother of Britain's biggest family wants more children

22 kids & counting: mother of Britain's biggest family wants more children

US Air Force member who immolated self outside Israeli embassy dies

US Air Force member who immolated self outside Israeli embassy dies

'Not left or right, it is Ram-wing': Amish Tripathi on new Ram temple documentary

'Not left or right, it is Ram-wing': Amish Tripathi on new Ram temple documentary

Vijay Shekhar Sharma steps down from the board of Paytm Payments Bank

Vijay Shekhar Sharma steps down from the board of Paytm Payments Bank

Alexei Navalny was close to his freedom in a prisoner swap deal, reveals ally

Alexei Navalny was close to his freedom in a prisoner swap deal, reveals ally

Celebs pay tribute to ghazal legend: ‘Shocking’, ‘End of an era...’, ‘His music will live'

Celebs pay tribute to ghazal legend: ‘Shocking’, ‘End of an era...’, ‘His music will live'

Tripura govt suspends IFS officer after row over naming lion, lioness 'Akbar' and 'Sita'

Tripura govt suspends IFS officer after row over naming lion, lioness 'Akbar' and 'Sita'

What does ruthless mean? Stokes dismisses 'throwaway comment' as England lose series

What does ruthless mean? Stokes dismisses 'throwaway comment' as England lose series

9 dead, over 200 injured as fire breaks out at firecracker factory in MP

59Burn units at hospitals in Indore, Bhopal and the AIIMS in the state capital were directed to make necessary arrangements for any emergency.

9 dead, over 200 injured as fire breaks out at firecracker factory in MP

At least nine persons were killed and nearly 200 others injured in a powerful explosion and subsequent blaze at a firecrackers factory near Harda town of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, a senior official said.

Some videos of the incident surfaced on social media showing the massive fire with intermittent explosions taking place at the site and people frantically running to save themselves. They showed thick plumes of smoke coming from the factory located at Bairagarh on Magardha Road on the outskirts of Harda town, about 150km from the state capital Bhopal.

"So far, nine casualties were reported and nearly 200 others were injured in the Harda incident. The injured persons are out of danger," Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Home Sanjay Dubey told PTI.

The cause of the blast was not yet known and efforts were on to control the blaze, according to officials.

Chief Minister Mohan Yadav held a meeting to take stock of the situation and said the Army was being contacted to arrange for helicopters for the rescue work.

"In the meeting, the Chief Minister directed that providing immediate treatment to the injured from the Harda accident is our top priority. Ambulances are being rushed to Harda from the surrounding areas, and the Army has been contacted to arrange for helicopters," the CMO said in a post on X "I spoke to officials concerned and sought details of the incident," Yadav said.

The Centre been informed about the tragedy, the CM added.

Yadav announced a financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased and said the entire cost of treatment of the injured persons will be borne by the state government.

The CM directed senior minister Uday Pratap Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Ajit Kesari and Director General (Home Guards) Arvind Kumar to rush to Harda by a helicopter.

Burn units in hospitals in Indore, Bhopal and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state capital were directed to make necessary arrangements for any emergency, an official said.

President Droupadi Murmu said she was deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the tragedy and offered condolences to the bereaved family members.

Expressing grief over the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a message posted on X, said "Distressed by the loss of lives due to the mishap at a cracker factory in Harda, Madhya Pradesh. Condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones. May those injured recover at the earliest." Modi announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to the next of the kin of each of the deceased from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

"The local administration is assisting all those affected. Rs 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. The injured will be given Rs 50,000," he added.


Up Next

9 dead, over 200 injured as fire breaks out at firecracker factory in MP

9 dead, over 200 injured as fire breaks out at firecracker factory in MP

Tripura govt suspends IFS officer after row over naming lion, lioness 'Akbar' and 'Sita'

Tripura govt suspends IFS officer after row over naming lion, lioness 'Akbar' and 'Sita'

Uttar Pradesh CM gives appointment letters to 1784 youths

Uttar Pradesh CM gives appointment letters to 1784 youths

Minister Jauramajra to inaugurate silver jubilee program 'Bol Punjab De' on Feb 28

Minister Jauramajra to inaugurate silver jubilee program 'Bol Punjab De' on Feb 28

Khurja Junction near Noida airport among 10 UP stations set for makeover under 'Amrit Bharat'

Khurja Junction near Noida airport among 10 UP stations set for makeover under 'Amrit Bharat'

Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil, others booked for illegal protests

Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil, others booked for illegal protests

More videos

Uri, Balakot strikes befitting reply to rising West front terrorism: Jaishankar

Uri, Balakot strikes befitting reply to rising West front terrorism: Jaishankar

State government taking loan within 3 percent limit of GSDP : CM Khattar

State government taking loan within 3 percent limit of GSDP : CM Khattar

Anil Vij unveils healthcare expansion plans and completed nursing hostel construction

Anil Vij unveils healthcare expansion plans and completed nursing hostel construction

Permanent commission of women in Coast Guard must: Supreme Court

Permanent commission of women in Coast Guard must: Supreme Court

Haryana government employees to receive commendation letters: new guidelines

Haryana government employees to receive commendation letters: new guidelines

‘Useless turncoat’: CM Mann hits out at Congress' Navjot Sidhu

‘Useless turncoat’: CM Mann hits out at Congress' Navjot Sidhu

Nafe Singh Rathee murder: ex-MLA among 12 booked, gangster Lawrence Bishnoi's name also pops up

Nafe Singh Rathee murder: ex-MLA among 12 booked, gangster Lawrence Bishnoi's name also pops up

Aatish Taseer, Ashok Swain, now Nitasha Kaul: Mufti decries Centre's 'travel bans'

Aatish Taseer, Ashok Swain, now Nitasha Kaul: Mufti decries Centre's 'travel bans'

Bhagwant Mann distributes job letters to over 450 youth

Bhagwant Mann distributes job letters to over 450 youth

Editorji Technologies Pvt. Ltd. © 2022 All Rights Reserved.