8 died in a Palghar chemical factory blast

A horrifying blast took place in Palghar district on Sunday, January 11 in the evening. 8 people died and seven others were injured in an explosion. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, fire tenders, ambulance, and the police team reached the spot. Injured shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. Fire brought under control on January 12 in the afternoon. The district health and safety officials visited the site the next day and carried out an inspection.

A huge explosion reported at a chemical factory at Boisar in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, over 100 km away from Mumbai.  This Tara Nitrate chemical factory located in Tarapur chemical zone in Boisar of Palghar district. The blast took place during the testing of some chemicals around 7.20 pm in the under-construction plant of Ank Pharma in a Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area at Kolwade village.  The under-construction plant building also collapsed after the explosion. The panic situation created in the area. Workers immediately called to fire department. Firefighters rushed on the spot and rescued seven persons from debris around 1.30 pm.  Windowpanes of some houses in the surrounding area shattered. The seven injured persons, including the plant owner Natwarbhai Patel, who was seriously hurt. They all were undergoing treatment at different hospitals.

The plant was owned by Nathubhai Patel, who bought it two years ago. He along with 11 others were conducting an experiment when the pressure in the boiler increased that caused an explosion.

After this tragedy, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced assistance of Rs 5 lakh each for the relatives of those killed in this incident. The chief minister was monitoring the relief and rescue operation himself.

CyerTech Risk Center Analysis:

The analysts of Cybertech Risk Center generated real-time alerts on this incident with moderate impact and closely monitored the situation providing its clients with timely alerts about the same. We at Cybertech Risk center cover Explosion, High Rise Fire, Industrial Fire, Structure Fire, Vehicle Fire under the ‘Fire’ category that could be the reason for disruption for the client’s business continuity process, working in collaboration with NC4 providing pan India coverage.

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