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17 killed in Indian Army depot inferno in Maharashtra

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NAGPUR — At least 17 security personnel, including two young Army officers, were killed in a major fire that broke out at the central ammunition depot in Pulgoan early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred in the small hours of morning today as a fire broke out in the depot storing ammunition.

17 jawans and two officers are injured in which some are critical, according to the local media reports.

The main site of the inferno, which is a shed which caught on fire, has been extinguished and attempts are being made to stabilise the situation.

The figure of casualties, including fatalities is expected to increase even as nightlong fire-fighting efforts continued.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known but fire-fighting operations by the defence fire brigade are underway in full swing at what is Asia’s second biggest central ammunition depot.

Eyewitnesses said that there were multiple explosions after a blaze due to unknown reasons at the defence depot around 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Pulgaon is situated around 40 km from Wardha, the district headquarters, which is 80 kms from Nagpur.

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Flood sweeps away bridge at Barhabise

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CHUTARA — Flood and landslide triggered by the incessant rainfall have swept away a concrete bridge over a local Sandi stream at Barhabise bazaar last night.

It has resulted in disruption of vehicular movement, creating hassles to the people especially from Barhabise municipality and Bhotekoshi rural municipality, said Police Inspector at Area Police Office, Barhabise, Yadav Thapa.

Twenty-two houses of Barhabise bazaar area have been waterlogged after the settlement was flooded.

The Chinese government had constructed the 40-feet long bridge in 2024 BS. Mud and sands have piled up to five feet on the road sides.

Three excavators have been used to remove the landslide debris, added Thapa. Engineer at the Road Division Office, Charikot, said preparation was underway to install a bailey bridge there.

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