Fire at Srisailam hydroelectric plant in Telangana, 8 trapped

Fire at Srisailam hydroelectric plant in Telangana, 8 trapped

A major fire broke out in an underground hydroelectric power unit at the Srisailam project in Telangana on Thursday night.

The incident took place around 10.30 pm on Thursday. At least 25 people were on duty at the time when the fire broke out at the power station. As per latest updates, 10 have been rescued while eight are still missing.

Officials said a short circuit in one of the underground hydel power units situated of the Srisailam project led to a fire, trapping at least eight persons. The short circuit was reportedly followed by an explosion in unit 4 of the powerhouse.

The Telangana government sought the help of the NDRF after over eight-hour-long rescue efforts of employees, including five engineers failed.

The dam is situated on river Krishna which divides Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Engineers of the Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TSPGC) were working on routine maintenance when the fire broke out.

The station has more than six power generators at its underground plant -- each one carries out 150 MW (megawatts) capacity electrical power generators. The fourth panel caught fire first, officials said.

Duty officers tried to douse the fire, but the power shutdown made it difficult.

Dense smoke was seen coming out from the zero levels and rising to the service bay and soon the entire power station was filled with the billows of smoke. This hampered the rescue operation at the station.