14 injured in reactor blast at Nagarjuna Agrichem unit

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 01, 2012 19:40 hrs

At least 14 persons were injured when a fire broke out on Saturday morning at a pesticide manufacturing plant owned by Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Agrichem in north coastal district of Srikakulam.

Large clouds of chemical fumes reportedly erupted from one of the five manufacturing blocks at the plant, where the fire accident took place, leading to a panic situation among neighbouring villages. District administration swung into action by vacating people from the nearby villages as a precautionary measure, reports said.

When contacted, Rama Raju, president (operations), Nagarjuna Agrichem, said the cause of the accident or the financial loss were yet to be ascertained. Fire tenders were able to control the fire only by the evening.

“Fortunately, there are no casualties. However, 14 employees have been injured in the incident but most of them were of first-aid nature. The injured have been admitted to a hospital in Srikakulam town,” he told Business Standard.

Nagarjuna Agrichem, a Nagarjuna group company, has recently expanded its manufacturing capacity at the plant. The company had reported Rs 600-crore revenues last year. It currently produces and markets about 45 generic crop protection products across the country.

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