In a very shocking incident in the infamous town of Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu, a fire accident at a godown has taken the life of 8 people. Dozens of people were also injured in the accident. According to the local police, the death toll is expected to rise.
The reports also claim that the accident happened while the firecrackers were being transported in a lorry. Among the deceased, the people who have been identified include, Baskar, Sornakumari, Devi, Kamarchi, Pushphalakshmi, Valarmathi, Janakiraman, Ganeshan and Shanmugaraj. The initial death toll was marked as six, however, since a few people succumbed to their injuries, the number has kept rising.
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The rescue and relief operations began as soon as the incident was reported. At least 35 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, and managed to bring the blaze under control in some time. local media have reported that 25 people have been rescued from the blaze. Visuals from the spot showed firecrackers going off as the blaze raged on. People and vehicles were seen trying to avoid the crackers. (ALSO READ: ISIS operative from Tamil Nadu makes shocking revelations! Trained at Mosul, paid 100 US dollars per month)
A video has come to surface of the entire accident progressing. The video shows, firecrackers going off as the blaze rages on and people and vehicles were seen trying to avoid the crackers. According to reports, it has also been noted that at least 20 vehicles were parked near the godown and have been damaged by the blast. A hospital, that was situated near the spot of the incident has also borne some of the brunt of the accident,
Sivakasi has always remained in the news for it association with firecrackers. The area is a boiling pot during the pre-Diwali period as most of the firecrackers that the country will burn come from here. Moreover, the city is also known for indulging in child labour. Many years, it has been seen that similar accidents with much more casualties in the run-up to Diwali happen almost every year without fail. (ALSO READ: Fireworks factory explosion: One more succumbs to wounds )
One of the worst accidents to hit Sivakasi was on on September 5, 2012. 38 people were killed and dozens were injured. Since then, several more lives have been lost over the years in similar incidents. In the accident today, it has also been reported that the continous explosion of the crackers reportedly made the job of the firefighters more difficult and they ran the risk of being injured from the bursting crackers themselves.