Quarry explosion kills 11 workers in India
Around 30 people were inside the quarry when the blast occurred at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh state. All the deceased are thought to be migrant labourers from Odisha.
Police said a fire erupted inside a room that stored dynamite sticks used for blasting the quarry’s rock walls. The massive explosion caused cracks in nearby residential buildings and was reportedly felt up to 10 km away.
Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his grief over the deaths and promised cash assistance of 500,000 rupees ($7,300) for families of the victims.
According to the Indian Express, the quarry was operating illegally and residents of nearby villages had been asking officials to take action against unauthorised blasting and the movement of heavy vehicles in the area.
Workplace accidents are common in India, largely due to poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.
India is among world’s five largest natural stone producers and runs hundreds of quarries across the country. Half of global granite exports originate from India. ■