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Massive gas cylinder blast in a train’s bogie; 9 died while many injured

A massive fire broke out on Bodi lane near Madurai railway station in Tamil Nadu on August 26. A sudden chaos was formed at around 5.30 am in the area after blaze erupted. All people panicked and tried to start the rescue operation. One of the passengers informed to the fire brigade officials, and the railway police. The Madurai police team also reached to the spot on time and started the rescue process. The rescue team first detached the coach after arriving at Madurai which was attached at Nagercoil Junction.

According to the Madurai police, the passengers of the ‘private party coach’ were coming from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. This incident occurred when they lit a gas stove to make coffee and gas cylinder blasted in the coach. Blaze erupted in private/individual coach at Madurai yard at 5:15 am in Punalur-Madurai Express (tourist train). But, some passengers had allegedly smuggled gas cylinder that caused this fire. Passengers are not allowed to carry any inflammable material in the trains. Still, they were carrying a stove.

At least nine people lost their lives in this incident and around twenty were injured. All the injured immediately shifted to the Government Rajaji hospital and the Railway hospital in Madurai. Around 55 people rescued from the train. The Southern Railway had also issued helpline numbers (9360552608, 8015681915) to share the information related to the mishap.

The South Railway announced ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the family of deceased. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh who lost their lives in this tragedy. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath also announced an ex-gratia of 2 lakh for the kin of the train fire.

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

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