Toll rises in Cuddalore blast


A middle-aged woman succumbed to injuries today at a hospital in Cuddalore where she was admitted in serious condition following a cracker unit blast. She was identified as Vasanthi, a worker at the unit.

The gruesome incident occurred on Thursday afternoon. Police said that the firecracker manufacturing unit was functioning in a village near Capper Hills. Five people were involved in the making of firecrackers at a manufacturing unit which had a retail unit adjacent to it. An explosion occurred in the manufacturing unit destroying the godown and the retail unit.

Three people including two women were charred to death yesterday. Tamilnadu Chief Minister M K Stalin expressed deep condolences at the death of people in the blast.

The Chief Minister also directed the health care authorities to provide the best treatment to those injured.

Stalin announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh each to the families of the deceased.