Some Indian workers are among 23 people killed in a major blast in a ceramic factory in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, the central government said on Wednesday. Over 130 people are also seriously injured in the explosion. An Indian embassy representative who rushed to the accident site informed 60 Indians were employed at the company and 53 present at the time of the accident.
“The blast was loud. Several cars parked in the compound of the factory also caught fire,” an employee of an adjacent factory told AFP at the scene as firefighters doused the blaze.
A statement from the Sudan government says that “A fire erupted in an industrial area which resulted in the death of 23 people and left more than 130 injured. The fire was said to be caused by an explosion in a gas tanker”
As per the preliminary reports from the scene, essential safety equipment was missing at the site. The Indian embassy has issued a detailed list of Indians who were hospitalised, went missing or survived the tragedy. According to its data, 7 people have been hospitalised, with four in critical condition.