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Rajasthan: 19 bodies recovered so far in Beawar cylinder blast tragedy, army roped in

Explosions in two LPG cylinders had brought down the Kumawat community building on Friday evening while a wedding function was being held.

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February 19, 2018 10:04 pm
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Ajmer Beawar cylinder blast kills 19

Jaipur: Rescue teams have recovered a total of 19 bodies so from the LPG cylinder blast tragedy site in Beawar town of Ajmer district in Rajasthan. The rescue operation sped up after the army was roped in.

The explosions in two LPG cylinders had brought down the Kumawat community building on Friday evening while a wedding function was being held. The incident was caused by the negligence of cooks working on the second floor. They were transferring gas from one cylinder to another when they caught fire and exploded. The explosion was so intense that it ripped through the building and damaged nearly a dozen houses in the vicinity.

Nine bodies had bene discovered on Friday and Saturday, but it was feared that more people were trapped. The administration came up with the names of at least 10 missing people. Nine bodies were recovered on Sunday after the army was roped in for the rescue.

Rajasthan cylinder blast

Rajasthan cylinder blast.

The tragedy has stunned this small town, some 180 km from Jaipur. About 20 people are undergoing treatment at hospitals. Those killed include the mother of the groom and three children.

The incident happed during a function organized for the wedding of Hemant Patlecha.

gas cylinder blast in beawar

Gas cylinder blast in Beawar

Senior administration officers were on the spot to supervise the rescue operations. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje had met the victims at a local hospital on Saturday and announced ex-gratia.

First published: February 18, 2018
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