Hyderabad: The number of employees dead in the fire mishap at Srisailam power plant in Nagarkurnool has increased to nine. All nine bodies have been recovered. The deceased has been identified as Assistant Engineer  Assistant Engineer Sundar Naik, Deputy Engineer Srinivas Goud,  Assistant Engineer Venkatrao, Assistant Engineer Mohan Kumar, Assistant Engineer Uzma Fatima, Plant Attendant Rambabu, Junior Plant Attendant Kiran, Palwancha, Amaron Battery Company staff Vinesh Kumar and Mahesh Kumar

CISF special team is involved in the relief effort. Many CISF personnel also fell ill due to thick smoke.

A major fire broke out in an underground facility of the Srisailam hydel power project on Thursday night. Nine employees had been trapped inside the plant.  The firefighters are facing a huge challenge to enter because of heat and smoke.

The fire was followed by an explosion in the power station in Nagarkurnool district of Telangana. No causalities have been reported so far.

Firefighters have launched a massive rescue operation. Dense smoke is billowing from zero levels to service bay which is causing a delay in the rescue operation.

Seventeen persons were reported to be present at the spot during the mishap. Eight-person escaped through a safety tunnel. Those trapped include seven TS Genco employees and two private company employees.

Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy and Telangana Genco CMD Prabhakar Rao visited the hydroelectric power unit to oversee the rescue efforts.

The explosion is reported to have occurred due to a short circuit in the panel board of Unit 1. Reportedly four panels have been damaged.

Additional manpower is being brought in from the Singareni collieries to augment the rescue operations.

 The power generation at the station has been stopped.

The Srisailam dam is located across the Krishna River which serves as the border between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. The CM is eliciting information on the accident on a regular basis. The CM spoke to minister Jagdeesh Reddy and Transco, Genco CMD D Prabhakar Rao, and reviewed the relief measures.

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