Hyderabad: The rescue teams searching for the nine persons trapped inside the Srisailam Left bank Hydel Power unit where fire erupted just after midnight have found seven dead bodies inside the underground project and the search is on for three more persons who were among the nine that were trapped inside the hydel power station.
Ten persons escaped while fire erupted in the first unit of the Srisailam left bank hide power generation unit in Domalapenta, of Amrabad Mandal in Nagarkurnool district after midnight due to which fumes have engulfed entire underground power generation station. According to preliminary reports the fire could have been a result of a short circuit.
While there were 19 workers inside the generation unit at the time of the fire accident, eight have escaped safely by running outside from the tunnel, remaining nine are still trapped inside. Immediately power generation was stopped and firefighting units and rescue teams were working hard in darkness and heavy fumes to rescue the trapped persons.
Meanwhile Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy, Transco CMD Prabhakar Rao, MLA Guvvala Balraj, District Collector and SP have reached the spot and are supervising the rescue operation. Rescue teams have said that there are three emergency exits through which the trapped members can be rescued but only after the fumes subside. Sources say that Deputy Engineer Srinivas Goud (Hyderabad), Assistant Engineers Venkatrao (Palvancha), Uzma Fatima (Hyderabad) , Sunder (Suryapet) , Junior Plant Attendant Kiran and Plant Attendant Rambabu (Khammam)and two staff members Vinesh Kumar and Mahesh Kumar of a Hyderabad based company were among those trapped.