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12 dead, 50 injured in chemical factory blast in India

At least 12 people have been killed and around 50 injured after a series of explosions at a chemical factory in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, hospital officials and police say.

An official at Shirpur sub-district hospital in Dhule district said that 12 people had died in the explosion. Authorities fear the overall death toll is likely to rise.

A team of National Disaster Response Force has been deployed at the site.

"There was a 200-liter chemical barrel that exploded first, then the fire spread to other parts of the factory and there were more blasts," police officer Sanjay Ahire said.

(Source: Agencies)

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