Mau blast updates: At least 12 people were feared dead in blast at a house in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau district on Monday, news agency PTI quoted Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi, as saying. Several other were injured in the incident.
According to news agency ANI, a powerful cylinder blast ripped through a 2-storey house in Mohammadabad area of Mau early in the morning. Several people were feared trapped in the rubble and rescue and relief work are underway.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the incident and directed officials to provide all possible help and relief to the injured.
"UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of blast in a house in Mau, where 10 persons have died. He has expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and directed that DM and SP and all officers to immediately provide all possible relief and medical help to the injured persons," Awasthi said.
Heavy machines such as JCBs and gas cutters were pushed into service to remove the debris. NDRF team from Varanasi has also being called in for rescue work. Superintendent of Police Anurag Arya said that people living in houses close to the one where the blast took place have been moved to a safer location.
"The adjoining area has been vacated so that no further loss of life takes place. A couple of houses in the neighbourhood were also damaged and developed cracks due to the blast. Rescue work is going on," he said.