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    Madhya Pradesh: Firefighting operation underway; minister Uday Pratap Singh conducts aerial survey

    The Hawk
    February6/ 2024
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    A tragic incident unfolded in Harda district as an illegal firecracker factory exploded, claiming eight lives and leaving over 80 injured. The explosion occurred in Bairagarh village, triggering a massive blaze on Magardha Road.

    Visual from the spot

    Harda: At least eight people were killed and over 80 sustained injuries in a massive explosion at an illegal firecracker factory in the Bairagarh locality of Harda district in Madhya Pradesh, on Tuesday morning.
    While initial reports said that six people had died in the blast, State miniter Uday Pratap Singh- who rushed to the spot said that the toll has increased to eight with around 80 people sustaining injuries.
    Firefighting operations continued on Wednesday afternoon after the blaze broke out at around 11:30 am at the factory on Magardha Road in Bairagarh village.
    Soon after the incident, on the direction of Chief Minister Mohan Yadav, MP Minister Uday Pratap Singh along with DG Home Guard Arvind Kumar, and ACS Ajit Kesari conducted an aerial survey of the firecracker factory.
    Uday Pratap Singh told ANI earlier, "We had a conversation with the Collector. The injured have been shifted to Hoshangabad and Bhopal. So far six deaths have been confirmed. A team of SDRF is working here under the guidance of SDRF ADG who is present on the spot. Around 60 people have been injured in the incident."
    Minister Singh also visited District Hospital in Harda to meet the injured.
    Chief Minister Yadav said, "Six people have died and more than 50 people are injured in this incident. Over 50 ambulances were sent to the spot. Our minister, Uday Pratap Singh, DG Home and around 400 police officials have left for the spot. We are trying to control the fire and provide immediate assistance to the injured."
    The chief minister also announced that Rs 4 lakh would be provided as ex-gratia to the families of the deceased, and the injured would be given free treatment.
    Earlier, Harda Collector Rishi Garg said that those injured in the fire were admitted to Harda district hospital and arrangements were being made to shift critically injured persons to Bhopal and Indore for better treatment.
    "Ambulances, doctors and personnel of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and the SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) from nearby districts have been called for the rescue operation," Harda District Collector said.