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Ten dead from Indian chemical explosion

A blast that occurred in a boiler of agrochemicals company Yashashvi Rasayan’s factory at the Dahej Special Economic Zone-1 in Gujarat state on 3 June has caused ten deaths and over 70 injuries to date. All are believed to be contract workers at the site, mainly migrants from other regions of India. Eight were killed immediately and two have since died.

According to residents, the noise from the blast could be heard as far as three kilometres away. The cause of the explosion and the chemicals involved are as yet unknown, according to the police. The wounded are said to include drivers of vehicles carrying chemicals to the plant. Two nearby villages were evacuated because of the presence of poisonous chemicals.

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