An incident involving a gas leak at a factory in the Giaspura neighbourhood of Ludhiana, Punjab, resulted in the deaths of 11 people. According to the police, four more have been rushed to the hospital and are in critical condition.
Doctors, an ambulance, and a fire brigade team have all been dispatched to the location, along with a rescue team that was hurriedly brought in. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team of 50 people has also arrived at the location. The affected area has been cordoned off.
Five women and six men, according to the police, were among the victims. Police reported that there were 11 people died in the incident, including two boys, aged 10 and 13.
“Definitely, it is a gas leak case. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team is present at the spot to evacuate the people and will conduct the rescue operation,” Swati Tiwana, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Ludhiana, said.
She said the NDRF team will look into the gas’s nature and sources because they are currently unknown. Tiwana continued, “The immediate priority is to evacuate the area, which is densely populated.”
“11 deaths confirmed till now…In all likelihood, there is some gas contamination which has happened…It is quite likely that maybe some chemical reacted with methane in manholes…All of this is being verified. NDRF is retrieving samples,” Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Surabhi Malik, said.
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has stated that every effort is being made to assist and that additional information will be released soon.
“The incident of a gas leak at a factory in the Giaspura area of Ludhiana is very sad. Police, government and NDRF teams are present at the spot. All possible help is being provided. Rest details soon,” he tweeted.
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