Madhya Pradesh: LPG Cylinder Explosion, Death Toll Rises to 82

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Jhabua: A massive LPG cylinder blast in a hotel left 82 people dead in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua. The incident took place on Saturday when a gas cylinder burst at a tea stall in Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh. Another explosion took place at a building located near-by, according to police.

“An explosion took place in a tea stall on Saturday morning. After that, another explosion took place in a two-storey building in which 20 people died,” Jhabua ASP Sima Alva told IANS, adding: “Many people were injured in the incident.”

According to police, more than 50 people were injured in the blast and have been admitted to hospital.

Witnesses said that such was the blast’s impact that several people died on the spot.

It is being said that there were explosives in the building following which the blast happened. However, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur said that the blast took place due to cylinder explosion.

Many are believed to be trapped in the debris. Relief and rescue works are underway. The MP government has announced a compensation of Rs. 2 Lakh to the kin of the deceased.