Fire breaks out at Srisailam Hydroelectric Plant, 9 trapped

A massive fire broke out in the Srisailam hydroelectric power plant in Telangana after a short circuit occurred in one of its under tunnel power units late Thursday.

19 people were on their shift when the fire broke out in the fourth panel of the first hydel power unit at 10:30 p.m. yesterday and only 10 people managed to escape. The rest 9, including a division engineer, 4 assistant engineers and attendants were trapped inside. The rescued staff were immediately shifted a nearby hospital and there are no casualties as of now. “The project unit operates at multiple levels. Those in the control room are said to have managed to come out. Others at lower levels couldn’t come out because of the smoke. The current being switched off also hampered rescue and escape efforts,” said one official according to NDTV.

A team of National Disaster Response Force and firemen are carrying out the recuse operations. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Genco are also involved in the relief work. Energy minister Jagadish Reddy, minister Niranjan Reddy, CMD Prabhakar Rao, who reached the accident site at the night, are overseeing rescue efforts. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed who shock over the incident has been reviewing the relief work closely.

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