A fire broke out in the underground hydroelectric power plant at the Srisailam project in Telangana on Thursday night.
The incident happened at around 10.30 pm on Thursday. At least 25 people were on duty at the time of the fire at the power station. As per recent update, 10 were rescued while the bodies of six, including an assistant engineer, were taken out. Three people are still missing, police said.
Officials say a short circuit in one of Srisailam’s underground power stations led to the fire, killing at least eight people. The short circuit was reportedly followed by the explosion in unit 4 of the power house.
The Telangana government sought the help of the NDRF to rescue workers, including five engineers, failed after trying for over eight hours.
The dam is located on the Krishna River which separates Andhra Pradesh from Telangana.
Engineers at Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TSPGC) were working on standard repairs when the fire broke.
The station has more than 6 generators within this underground plant – each carries out 150 MW (megawatts) of electricity. The fourth panel caught fire first, officials said.
Officials tried to extinguish the flames, but extinguishing the fire made it difficult.
Smoke appeared to be rising from zero level to the service bay and soon it had spread in the entire power station. This interrupted the rescue operation at the station.
RESCUE OPS ON
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock at the accident that took place at the power plant in Srisailam. CM spoke to Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy, CMD Prabhakar Rao, who visited the scene and are supervising the rescue efforts.
MoS Home Affairs Minister G Kishan Reddy said he had contacted NDRF staff. He tweeted, “Saddened by the fire accident in the Hydel Power Generation Unit on the left banks of Srisailam, Telangana, late night yesterday [Thursday]. Spoke to the NDRF personnel and directed them for immediate rescue operations. Prayers for early recovery of the injured.”