GAIL pipeline fire death toll rises to 16, six in critical condition

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 28 Juni 2014 | 08.21

HYDERABAD: The death toll in the GAIL pipeline fire tragedy in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh rose to 16 with an injured succumbing on Saturday, while six people were battling for life with severe burns, police said.

At least 15 people were killed and nearly two dozen others injured when a leaking gas pipeline of GAIL caught fire and triggered a blast in Nagaram village in the coastal district, about 560km from Hyderabad.

"A baby girl, who was undergoing treatment for severe burns, died today (Saturday) at a private hospital in Kakinada. With this the toll in the incident rose to 16," East Godavari district superintendent of police G Vijay Kumar told PTI over phone.

The SP said that 20 others who suffered burn injuries were undergoing treatment at different hospitals. The condition of at least six of them remains critical as they have suffered around 80% burns.

The leaping flames from the pipeline passing through the village in Mamidikuduru mandal quickly swept through nearby houses and coconut plantations, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Leaking gas had enveloped some areas of the village and the tragedy occurred when a tea shop vendor lit up a stove, setting off a blast, police had earlier said.

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