12 killed in salt factory wall collapse in Gujarat's Morbi
At least 12 laborers were killed and 15 feared trapped after a wall of a salt factory in the Morbi district of Gujarat collapsed around 12 pm on Wednesday. The Sagar Salt factory is situated at Halvad GIDC in the Saurashtra region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death and announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each to the next of kin.
The tragedy in Morbi caused by a wall collapse is heart-rending. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Local authorities are providing all possible assistance to the affected.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 18, 2022
The incident occurred when the workers were packing salt at the factory. IANS reported that the structure collapsed after bags of salt stacked along the wall fell on the laborers, trapping them. The local administration used JCB to take out bodies and rescue those trapped under the rubble. Sources also said most victims are residents of villages in the Radhanpur tehsil.
Morbi District Collector JB Patel and District Superintendent of Police Rahul Tripathi supervised the rescue operations. The SP said the Forensic Science Laboratory team with the local police would investigate the incident. If factory management is found guilty of any negligence, a case could be registered against them.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel condoled the tragedy and said, "I am deeply saddened by the tragedy of the wall collapsing at Halwad GIDC. My condolences to the bereaved families." An ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund would be given to the next of kin. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000, and treatment will be free of cost.
હળવદ GIDC ખાતે દીવાલ ધસી પડતા થયેલી દુર્ઘટનાથી ખૂબ જ વ્યથિત છું. શોકગ્રસ્ત પરિવારો સાથે મારી સંવેદના.— Bhupendra Patel (@Bhupendrapbjp) May 18, 2022
ઘાયલોને હોસ્પિટલમાં પહોંચાડી તેમની સારવાર કરવામાં આવી રહી છે. ઘટનાસ્થળની રૂબરૂ મુલાકાત લઈને સ્થિતિનો તાગ મેળવીશ.