Published on : Friday, June 27, 2014
Flames could be seen erupting from a pipeline of the Gas Authority of India Limited (Gail) in East Godavari district early on Friday 27. 06.14.
The cause of the blast is not clear as yet. Gail is India’s largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company.
Gail operates an 11,000km (6,840-mile) natural gas pipeline network and seven gas processing units across India.
The company is also involved in petrochemicals, exploration, city gas distribution and wind and solar power
Villagers woke up to deafening noise and huge flames after the pipeline belonging to Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) suddenly caught fire near an ONGC connecting station.
Villagers allege negligence on the part of officials as the pipeline developed rust and authorities failed to replace it.
Mamidikuduru mandal was in a state of utter panic with people running and wailing for help as flames engulfed their entire village trapping it entirely , burning hundreds of coconut trees reducing 50 shops and houses to ashes.
Birds and domestic animals sped to save themselves from the monstrous flames which rose to a height of 250 metres.
Firefighters from about a dozen fire stations worked hard to drown the fire. The injured were rushed to hospitals.