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Tamil Nadu: Explosion at fire-cracker factory charred 11, 36 severely injured

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Chennai: Massive explosion at one of Tamil Nadu’s fire-cracker factories, killed at least eleven people, leaving 36 with severe injuries, on Friday noon. Expressing grief over the blast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a tweet.

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“Fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu is saddening. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover soon. Authorities are working on the ground to assist those affected,” he tweeted.

The whole factory burned down to ashes at around 1.30 pm today, after an explosion took place when some chemicals were being mixed to produce firecrackers, at a fire-cracker factory in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar, around 500 kilometres from Chennai, police official said.

As per reports, to put the fire out, ten fire-fighting units from various locations were rushed to the spot.

A compensation of ₹ 3 lakh, has been announced by Chief Minister E Palaniswami for the families of those who died in the blast and ₹ 1 lakh for the severely injured. While, the Centre has announced ₹ 2 lakh for the families of the victims and ₹ 50,000 for those injured.

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“An ex-gratia of ₹ 2 lakh each has been approved from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a fire in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. ₹ 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured,” a tweet from the PMO account read.

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