Four fishermen hurt in explosion at Chilika

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Chilika: At least four fishermen sustained critical injuries following an explosion on the banks of Chilika near Arakhakuda village under Brahmagiri police limits in Puri district on Friday morning.

The injured have been identified as Abinash Behera, Babul Behera, Abhiram Behera and Narasingha Behera of the same village.

According to sources, the incident occurred when the fishermen were building boats with fibre. The four fishermen sustained critical injuries after an unexpected explosion took place.

The injured persons were initially rushed to Rebana Nuagaon Community Health Centre (CHC) and later shifted to Puri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) as their health condition deteriorated.

Though the actual reason behind the blast is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that the blast occurred due to some chemical reaction.

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