4 dead in Rourkela plant gas leak

    at 6:15 pm
    4 dead in Rourkela plant gas leak

    New Delhi (NVI): At least four workers have died and a few others fell ill after inhaling a toxic gas leaked from a unit at Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) of the state-run Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) in Odisha.

    The incident took place at the Coal Chemical Department of the RSP in the morning when a total of 10 workers were on duty.

    The four workers who have died were contractual workers engaged by a private company, according to media reports.

    The affected persons were immediately admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Ispat General Hospital where four of them succumbed while undergoing treatment.

    Meanwhile, the Rourkela Steel Plant authorities have ordered a high-level probe into the mishap.

    Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also offered his condolences to the affected families and tweeted, “Deeply saddened to know about the tragic loss of lives in the gas leak incident at Rourkela Steel Plant. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved families in the hour of grief and pray for the speedy recovery of those who are hospitalised.”