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Cylinder blast in UP's Gonda district on June 1; eight died & 7 injured

At least eight people lost their lives and other six suffered injuries in a cylinder blast in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. This blast took place when a double-storey house collapsed after an LPG cylinder explosion in Tikri village in the Wazirganj area at around 10 pm on June 1. Massive disruption was caused in the area after this incident. The rescue team, local police, fire tenders, and ambulance reached at the spot immediately.

LPG cylinder exploded in the house at night time during cooking. The impact of the explosion was so intense that even the adjoining house was also damaged. Around 14 people were trapped under the roof. Villagers had rescued some people while remaining people were rescued by the rescue team from the debris. Most of the family members died in sleep. Some injured family members were shifted to the Public Health Centre in Nawabganj by the locals. Some of them admitted to the private hospital for treatment. Neighbours informed the fire brigade team and local police station as soon as the incident happened. During the rescue operation, the dead and injured had to be extricated from the debris with three JCB machines. Four kids, Two men, two women were unfortunately died in this blast. SDRF (State Disaster Response Fund) had started rescue operations with the help of the police force and local people. 14 people were rescued, seven of them declared dead and seven others were undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident and directed the officials to ensure proper treatment of the injured persons. A forensic team and bomb disposal squad also deployed in to collect samples on next day.

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