11 people, including three minors, were killed, and 11 more were taken to the hospital after a gas leakage incident took place in Punjab's Ludhiana on Sunday.
Around 7:30 in the morning, the incident happened in Giaspura, a densely populated residential and industrial area. Also discovered dead on the location was one cat.
According to authorities, the hurt were taken immediately to a hospital. Ambulances and a medical team were also dispatched to the scene.
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team is present at the spot for the rescue operation.
#WATCH | Punjab: NDRF personnel reach the spot in Giaspura area of Ludhiana where a gas leak claimed 9 lives; 11 others are hospitalised.— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2023
Local officials say that the area has been cordoned off. pic.twitter.com/BuxUEb8SCq
The Punjab government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs for the kin of each deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik told news agency ANI.
The deceased include six males and five females. They have been identified as Sourav (35), Varsha (35), Aryan (10), Chulu (16), Abhay (13), Kalpesh (40), unknown female (40), unknown female (25), unknown male (25), Neetu Devi and Navneet Kumar. Most of the victims who died were migrant labourers.