Telangana Fire: Smoke Disrupting Rescue, 9 People Are Suspected To Be Trapped

Update on the Telangana fire: Nine persons are feared trapped in the Srisailam Hydroelectric Plant located underground on the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border after a fire broke out on Thursday night and “huge smoke” was preventing rescue personnel from entering in, officials said on Friday.

Nagarkurnool district Collector L Sharman said three fire engines were engaged in extinguishing the huge smoke emanating from the plant’s premises.

While Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was monitoring the rescue work through his cabinet colleague, Union Minister of State for Home, Kishan Reddy, said he has asked NDRF to join the rescue efforts.

“There is huge smoke and because of it we are not able to enter into the plant premises. By 11 am we expect to enter the plant,” Sharman told PTI, adding, nine persons including seven staff members are stuck. Those stuck include a Deputy Engineer and an Assistant Engineer.

“Our main target is to rescue them…we are not able to contact them because they are not carrying mobile phones and there is no mobile network,” he said. Quoting preliminary information, he said a short- circuit is suspected to have caused the fire.

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