AMARAVATI (Andhra Pradesh): The death toll in the explosion at a stone quarry in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district rose to 11 with one more body being recovered at the blast site on Saturday, police said.
The massive explosion at the quarry unit in Hathi Belgal under Aluru Mandal last night claimed 10 lives and left four seriously injured.
A detailed investigation has been launched into the incident, Kurnool District Collector S Satyanarayana said.
The exact cause of the blast would be ascertained after the probe, he said, reports PTI.
Meanwhile, the state government has announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia for the kin of each of the deceased.
The victims are said to be from Odisha.
The explosion occurred when regular work was being carried out at the quarry unit, an investigating officer had said on Friday.
“At least 20 workers were said to be at the spot when the gelatin sticks used for blasting the quarry exploded. The sudden explosion trapped the workers, causing the fatalities,” the officer said.