Five Die After Building Collapses in Kanpur Due to Gas Explosion

Death toll has risen to five after an ammonia gas explosion in a cold storage in Kanpur. Reports suggest all deceased in the blast belong to Bihar.

At least two dozen people are still trapped in the building which collapsed after the explosion, police said.

The building at Shivrajpur was crowded when the tragedy occurred, as many farmers were there to stock the potato harvest. Officials said the building apparently came down after a gas leak in the chiller plant, which led to an explosion.

Twelve persons, including five farmers and seven cold storage staff, have been rescued from the rubble.

After the building came crashing down, officials said there had been leakage of ammonia gas and masks have been requisitioned from Kanpur city so that rescue operations can be taken up at the earliest.

(With inputs from ANI, IANS)

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