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  • Oil slick from cargo vessels affects at least 60 km of Tamil Nadu coastline

    14 February 2017

    On January 28, two cargo ships collided just outside Kamarajar Port off Ennore, northern Chennai, causing a major oil spill. By February 14, oil was reportedly coming onto beaches 60 km south at the heritage and resort town of Mamallapuram, and fishermen have suspended catches because of the effect of the slick on fish stocks....

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  • One killed in Bangladesh protest against Chinese-backed power plant

    07 February 2017

    Supporters and opponents of a planned 1,320-MW Chinese-backed coal-fired power station on the coast of Bangladesh were involved in running clashes that resulted in one death and 12 injuries according to local and international media. The plant is expected to begin power generation by the end of 2019 if the construction timetable proceeds as planned....

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  • Nine killed in Indian pharma plant explosion

    12 December 2016

    The death toll in the blast and subsequent fire at the Nitika Pharmaceutical Specialities plant in Nagpur, Maharashtra, rose to nine on December 11, with four others said to be in a critical condition. The first explosion on December 2 took place in a drier unit, and was followed by other blasts and a raging fire which quickly spread to other buildings on the site....

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  • Five killed in India refinery fire

    05 December 2016

    Five workers have died and three others are critically injured after fire broke out at the refinery complex of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) in Jamnagar, Gujarat, on November 23. All five succumbed to their injuries over the following days....

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  • Fire at explosives factory could have killed more than 18 in South India

    02 December 2016

    Reports on December 2 in local media said at least 18 people were dead after a fire and blast at an explosives factory near Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu the previous day. The fire started in one of four manufacturing units at the factory and caused a huge explosion, which could be heard 5km from the factory and created panic in the surrounding area. ...

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At least twelve dead after huge blast at Pakistani ship-breaking yard 01 November 2016

At least 12 Pakistani workers were killed and more than 50 injured on November 1 after a series of blasts ripped through an oil tanker at the Gadani ship-breaking yard, with others trapped inside, local officials said. At least 58 were injured in the explosions, many with severe burns, a senior administrative official in the area told Reuters....

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Many killed in fire at hospital in eastern India 18 October 2016

At least 21 died and many were injured after a devastating fire broke out at SUM hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on October 17. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after the incident: "Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families."...

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Blast rocks India steel plant - 12 injured 11 October 2016

According to IANS news service, at least 12 workers were injured in an explosion at a manufacturing facility of Rathi Steel & Power in Ghaziabad, east of New Delhi, on October 10. Police said the incident took place about 11:00 am in the boiler of the factory’s furnace unit....

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Six killed in industrial explosions in India on October 7 10 October 2016

At least four workers were killed and one injured in a blast at the state-run National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) power station in Solapur on October 7, local police said, adding that rescue teams and the fire brigade were in attendance. The explosion occurred in the chimney of the 1,320 MW plant, on the outskirts of Solapur, Maharashtra. ...

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Bangladesh factory blast and fire leaves 26 dead and 70 injured 12 September 2016

At least 26 workers were killed and 70 injured, many of them in a critical condition, in an explosion and fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in the Tongi industrial area near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Initial reports said the fire was caused by a boiler explosion, but other reports say the blast was due to a gas leak....

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