16 killed in transformer explosion in India

At least 16 people were killed in a transformer explosion in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district after the flood disaster.

A police officer is also reported to be among the dead. At least 11 people were injured in this incident. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident.

Additional DG of Uttarakhand Police V Murugesan said, ‘The accident took place at the Namami Gange project site on the banks of Alokananda river in Chamoli, Uttarakhand early on Wednesday morning. An iron bridge is electrocuted after a transformer explodes. Meanwhile, the people standing on the bridge were terribly electrocuted. As many as 16 people including a police sub-inspector, five guards were killed in the incident. Investigation is ongoing. Initially, it is believed that there was electricity in the railing of this bridge.

Meanwhile, the local police and rescue team reached the spot soon after the accident. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital. Two have been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMSR) Hospital, while the remaining five have been admitted to the Gopeshwar Government Hospital in Chamoli.

Locals complain that such a big accident has happened due to the negligence of officials of the Energy Cooperation Department.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami went to the spot after the accident. He said, ‘This is a very unfortunate incident. Meanwhile, the State Disaster Response Team and rescue teams are carrying out rescue operations. Strict action will be taken against the culprits.’

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