TRAGIC: Medical staff tend to a victim of the fire
A FIRE at one of India’s largest military ammunition depots on Tuesday (31) killed at least 17 people and injured many more, officials said.
The blaze broke out overnight at the high security depot with tonnes of weapons and ammunition near the city of Nagpur in central India.
“Seventeen people have died. Nineteen are injured but are out of danger,” Smita Patil, superintendent of Wardha district police, said
Thousands of families living in nearby towns and villages have been evacuated from the surrounding areas in Pulgaon, in Maharashtra state, amid fears of secondary explosions. Two officers were among the 17 soldiers to have died, while news networks said that the huge blaze had broken out after an explosion.
Prime minister Narendra Modi said he was “pained by loss of lives”, adding on Twitter that his “thoughts are with the bereaved families”.