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18 Indians feared killed in LPG blast at Sudan factory

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Eighteen Indians were feared killed in an LPG tanker blast at a ceramic factory in Sudan. While there was no official confirmation of the deaths, mainly because many bodies were badly burned, the Indian embassy in Khartoum released a list of 16 Indians who are missing.
Twenty-three people were killed in the blast at Seela Ceramic Factory. The embassy clarified that some of the missing may be in the list of dead which it was yet to receive. “As per the latest reports, but so far not confirmed officially, 18 are dead,’’ it said.

The embassy also said seven people had been hospitalised, with four in critical condition. “Anguished by the blast in a ceramic factory in Sudan, where some Indian workers have lost their lives and some are injured. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured. Our embassy is providing all possible assistance to those affected,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

Of the 16 men missing, four are from Bihar and three each from UP and Tamil Nadu. The remaining are from Haryana, Gujarat and Rajasthan. About 70 Indians were employed with the factory in Sudan. At least 34 Indians survived. An AFP report quoted the Sudanese government as saying that more than 130 injured. Preliminary reports indicated that safety equipment was missing at the site. “Inflammable material was also improperly stored,” the government said, adding that a probe had been launched.Foreign minister S Jaishankar offered his condolences. “Grieved to learn that some Indian workers have lost their lives while some others have been seriously injured,” he posted on Twitter.
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