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Sudan LPG tanker blast claims lives of 18 Indians, 16 missing

A major blast took place in a ceramic factory in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan in which at least 18 Indian workers were killed and many others were seriously injured.

Embassy representative has rushed to the accident site and an emergency hotline has been set up.

S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister tweeted: “Have just received the tragic news of a major blast in a ceramic factory “Saloomi” in the Bahri area of the capital Khartoum in Sudan. Deeply grieved to learn that some Indian workers have lost their lives while some others have been seriously injured.

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Representative image of a fire explosion. Photo courtesy of Praisaeng/Freedigitalphotos.net

“The Embassy representative has rushed to the site. A 24-hour emergency hotline +249-921917471 has been set up by @EoI_Khartoum. Embassy is also putting out updates on social media. Our prayers are with the workers and their families.”

As per the Indian Embassy in Khartoum, around 50 Indians were working at the ceramic factory Seela in Bahri area when the LPG tanker blast took place on Tuesday evening.

It said: “As per latest reports, but so far not confirmed officially, 18 are dead.” And added “some of the missing may be in the list of dead which we are still to receive as identification is not possible because of the bodies being burnt”.

Most of them are from UP, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. The embassy listed seven Indians as admitted to the Al Amal Hospital in Bahri, Khartoum including three workers in the ICU.

The list shows that 16 Indians are missing and 34 Indians have survived.

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