Eight killed in Indian pesticide factory blast

A screenshot from an online video said to be of the scene.
A screenshot from an online video said to be of the scene.SCREENSHOT: TWITTER

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AFP) - At least eight people were killed and 74 others injured on Wednesday (June 3) in a blast at a pesticides factory in western India, authorities said.

Almost 5,000 people living in two villages near the plant in the Bharuch district of Gujarat state were evacuated as a precaution after a storage tank exploded, local official MD Modia said.

"The blaze is now under control," he said, late on Wednesday.

He said earlier that there was "no gas leakage and hence no threat" to the nearby population.

Industrial accidents are common in India due to sometimes lax safety standards.

Many factories are currently resuming operations as India's coronavirus lockdown is eased.

Last month, 12 people were killed in a gas leak at a chemicals plant in Visakhapatnam in eastern India owned by South Korea's LG Chem.