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Indian LPG tanker explosion death toll reaches 19

03 September 2012

The death toll following an LPG tanker explosion in Kerala on August 27 has gone up to 19, with five others suffering life threatening injuries in hospitals, according to local media sources on September 2.

Some 35 people were injured when the LPG tanker overturned and exploded after hitting a road divider at Chala, south of Mangalore, and 45 houses, 40 shops and 11 vehicles were gutted in the resulting fire.

Earlier, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President Ramesh Chennithala, after visiting the accident site and the houses of the victims, said the state government would announce a special package for the victims.

Local politicians have called for the prosecution of the tanker’s owner, IndianOil Corporation (IOC),  as well as a judicial probe.

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