Bihar: 9 dead, 16 severly injured in Motihari chimney blast, PM Modi expresses grief, announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for deceased
As many as 9 people have died due to a blast in the chimney of a brick kiln in Motihari, Bihar. More than 16 people are injured, whose treatment is going on. The overnight rescue operation is over. Expressing grief over the accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh for the deceased.
The reports say that the chimney was started for the first time in this season. Everyone was happy to see the smoke coming out of the chimney. Suddenly there was a loud explosion. The top of the chimney burst due to the pressure of the smoke. These deaths have taken place due to being hit by debris.
Relief and rescue work had to be stopped due to heavy fog late on Friday night. The rescue operation was resumed on Saturday.
Nine people have died due to being buried under it. The chimney owner also died in the accident. In the rescue operation that lasted till late night, 16 injured have been evacuated and admitted to different hospitals.
PM Modi has also expressed grief over the accident. Expressing condolences to the bereaved families, he has wished for the speedy recovery of the injured. Along with this, Rs 2 lakh has been announced from PMNRF to the families of those who died and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
Blast caused by smoke pressure
The main reason for the chimney blast was revealed that due to burning more wood in the pipe, the pressure of the smoke increased and the blast took place. People said that after an hour had passed since the fire was lit in the kiln, the upper part of the chimney started falling down from a height about 50 feet.
By the time people could think and save themselves, many got buried under its debris. Due to the fire below, many people got burnt, who were pulled out with the help of the local people. They were rushed to the hospital.