A fire at the Left Bank Hydroelectric Power plant in Telangana’s Srisailam on late Thursday night has left at least 9 people stuck inside the plant, while 10 persons have managed to escape.
According to reports, a short circuit led to the fire. Regional media suggests that the fire took place in the first unit of the 900 MW power plant.
There were around 20 people inside the plant at the time of the incident took place. 10 persons managed to escape.
According to TheNewsMinute, the staff were stuck in the tunnel route. The District Collector said the accident occurred as the heavy smoke spread inside the plant.
The missing staff were identified as deputy engineers Srinivas, Venkat Rao; assistant engineers Fathima, Mohan, Sundar, Kiran and Rambabu; while two others belong to a private company from Hyderabad.
Telangana’s energy minister Jagadish Reddy said that in the incident, as many as four-panel boards have been damaged. About the trapped people, he said that dense smoke is hindering the rescue operations.
Meanwhile, National Disaster Response Force teams are trying to go inside the tunnel, and Singareni Collieries Limited was also consulted for assistance in the rescue operations.