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At least 12 labourers die as salt factory wall collapses in Gujarat’s Morbi district, PM Modi expresses grief

By Priyanka Verma 
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NEW DELHI: As many as 12 labourers were killed after wall collapse at a salt packaging factory in Halwad GIDC in Gujarat’s Morbi district on Wednesday,May 18, an official said.

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The tragic incident took place at Sagar Salt factory situated inside the Halvad industrial area, said state labour and employment minister and local MLA Brijesh Merja.

“12 people have died after an incident happened at Sagar Salt Factory in Halvad GIDC. Government stands with the families of the deceased,” State Minister Brijesh Merja added.

Taking note of the incident, PM Modi took to Twitter and expressed condolences saying, “The tragedy in Morbi caused by a wall collapse is heart-rending. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Local authorities are providing all possible assistance to the affected.”

“Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragedy in Morbi. The injured would be given Rs 50,000”, PMO said on Twitter.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel asked the Morbi district collector and system operators to ensure immediate rescue and relief operations. He also announced Rs 4 lakh each from the CM Relief Fund for the next of kin of each worker who died in the wall collapse incident in Morbi.

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