The death toll in the explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Saturday has gone up to seven with the recovery of one more body, an official said on Sunday. District Guardian minister Dada Bhuse also inspected the blast site late Saturday night and later said prima facie, the factory had permission from the authorities concerned to carry out testing of machinery at the unit.
The blast took place on Saturday evening during the testing of some chemicals at the under-construction plant of Ank Pharma in Kolwade village, killing six people.
“During the debris clearing operation, one more body was found on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Trinad Dasari (35),” district disaster control cell chief Vivekananda Kadam said.
One girl was still missing from the mishap site, he said, adding that search was on to trace her.
The six found dead on Saturday have been identified as Mohan Ingle (45), Sakshi Madan (39), Nishu Singh (26), Madhuri Singh (46), Gokul Jadhav (18) and Ilyas Ansari (45) (factory watchman).
Besides, the seven injured persons, including the plant owner Natwarbhai Patel, who was seriously hurt, was undergoing treatment at different hospitals, Kadam said. Work for clearing the debris was still underway, he added.
The explosion took place during the testing of some chemicals around 7:20 pm at the plant in a Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area of Boisar, located over 100 km away from Mumbai, officials earlier said.
The blast was so huge that it was heard within a 15-km radius, and windowpanes of some houses in the surrounding area shattered, they said.
The under-construction plant building collapsed after the explosion and two other chemical units located in the vicinity also suffered damages, Kadam said.