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Death Toll Climbs to 11 After Massive Blaze at Firecracker Factory in MP's Harda

Rescue work is underway after a major fire broke out at a firecracker factory in Harda, Madhya Pradesh.

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A major fire engulfed a firecracker factory in Madhya Pradesh's Harda on Tuesday, 6 February.

Know more: The massive blaze, in turn, set off several explosions as seen in purported visuals shared from the site of the accident.

  • The intensity of the blasts was reportedly severe enough to affect homes surrounding the firecracker factory.

The toll: At least 11 people have been killed in the fire that broke out firecracker factory, reported PTI.

  • Over 200 people suffered injuries and have been rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.

  • Officials also expect the death toll from the fire to rise further.

"I have been informed about the unfortunate incident of a firecracker factory blast in Harda in which six people have been killed and more than 50 have been injured. Over 50 ambulances have been deployed to provide medical assistance to the victims. The doctors team has also been deployed in Bhopal, Hoshangabad (Narmadapuram), and other places," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav said earlier in the day, as quoted by PTI.
  • Smoke rises after blast and fire at a firecracker factory in Harda. 

    (Photo: PTI)

En route: Several fire engines have been deployed to the site of the fire and are reportedly working to bring the flames under control.

  • "The rescue operation is on. We have also called in the National Disaster Response Force," District Collector Rishi Garg was quoted as saying by NDTV.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also express his condolences and announced a compensation for for the kin of deceased.

  • "Distressed by the loss of lives due to the mishap at a cracker factory in Harda, Madhya Pradesh. Condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones. May those injured recover at the earliest. The local administration is assisting all those affected," PMO posted on X

  • "Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. The injured will be given Rs. 50,000," he added.

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