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India transformer blast kills 14

02 November 2017

The death toll in the explosion of an electricity transformer at Khatulai village near Shahpura town in Rajasthan reached 14 on November 1, some 24 hours after the explosion took place as a marriage procession passed by. Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.

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According to The Hindu, about 10 people with more than 50% burns are being treated in hospital.

The participants in the marriage procession, mostly women, were performing a pre-wedding ritual when the transformer exploded. According to eyewitness accounts, scalding oil fell on the victims and their clothes caught fire.

Financial assistance will be provided to the next of kin of the deceased through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and Jaipur Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited, the electricity utility involved in the incident.

The Hindu said an enraged crowd assembled at the scene and staged a protest, and police and administrative officials had difficulty controlling the situation.

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