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Narendra Modi announces relief for blast victims

India TV News Desk 27 Jun 2014, 13:32:08 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in a gas pipeline disaster in Andhra Pradesh.

"This is in addition to the relief assistance given by the petroleum ministry and GAIL," an official statement said. Officials said at least 14 died in the explosion and fire.

Announcing the sanction from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund, Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs.50, 000 to those seriously injured in the incident in East Godavari district.

The blast caused fire to an 18-inch pipeline of state-owned Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) near a refinery of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in East Godavari district.

14 people were killed and many others were injured when the fire broke