Fire at a Battery Factory in Delhi, 3rd Fire in 30 Days in Capital

In a third major fire accident in Delhi, a fire that broke out in a battery factory at Peeragarhi, North Delhi. Firemen rushed to the factory and while they were dousing it, a major explosion occurred due to the stored batteries. Several people including firemen were stuck in the debris.

Crux of the Matter
  • An initial probe into the cause of the fire is going on. The fire department received a call at 4:23 AM reporting fire at a factory in Udyog Nagar, Peeragarhi.
  • Firemen rushed to the factory at 4:30 AM. While dousing the fire, the battery storage area in Udyog Nagar exploded, collapsing a part of the burning building on several people and firemen.
  • 35 fire tenders and teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) carried out the rescue operation.
  • 13 firefighters had received injuries. One firefighter, who was buried under the debris, was severely injured. He died at the hospital.
  • CM Kejriwal said he was closely monitoring the situation and probing the matter. He paid his tribute to the martyred firefighter.
  • Allegedly, the factory did not have proper exit points and did not maintain adequate amount of fire extinguishers.

2019 Delhi Factory Fire – On 8 December 2019, a fire occurred at a factory building in Anaj Mandi area of Delhi, India. At least 43 people died and more than 50 were injured. The fire started in a workshop that produced school bags and shoes. The factory was operating in a residential area and according to the local fire chief, the building lacked a proper fire licence, and its use as a factory was illegal. The Delhi Police Crime Branch is investigating the case, and the owner of the building and his manager were arrested on the day of the fire. Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, announced a compensation of ₹10 lakh to the next of kin of each person that died and ₹1 lakh for the injured. More Info

Australia Battling Massive Wildfires And Extreme Temperatures

Australia is facing scorching temperatures and out-of-control bushfires throughout the country, that increase the risk for pyrocumulonimbus clouds — also known as ‘fire clouds’. Every state in Australia has nearly crossed 40-degree celsius temperature.

Crux of the Matter
  • The fires in Australia are growing and have become so massive and powerful that they’re creating their own dangerous weather phenomenon. It is happening through the formation of “pyrocumulonimbus” clouds — what NASA calls ‘the fire-breathing dragon of clouds.’ These fire-induced storms bring little rain but are packed with lightning that can spark new fires.
  • Pyro-cumulonimbus clouds have developed to altitudes over 16km in East Gippsland 
  • Temperatures near Sydney have nearly reached 44 degrees celsius.
  • In the town of Mallacoota, around 4,000 residents fled toward the beachside as winds pushed an emergency-level wildfire towards their homes.
  • Many communities have cancelled New Year’s fireworks celebrations, but Sydney’s popular display over its iconic harborfront has not been cancelled.
  • Across the state of Victoria over 2,00,000 hectares of land has already been burnt in the fires.
  • More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed since the blazes began in September. At least 2,000 firefighters are currently battling the fires.
  • NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said, “We’ve got some deteriorating weather conditions over the coming days.”
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “We are expecting more difficult news out of New South Wales and Victoria today as the assessments are undertaken of the terrible fires from yesterday and last night.”

The cumulonimbus flammagenitus cloudalso known as the pyrocumulonimbus cloud is a type of cumulonimbus cloud that forms above a source of heat, such as a wildfire, and may sometimes even extinguish the fire that formed it. The CbFg was named following the discovery in 1998, that extreme manifestations of this pyroconvection caused direct injection of large abundances of smoke from a firestorm into the lower stratosphere. It is the most extreme manifestation of a flammagenitus cloud. According to the American Meteorological Society’s Glossary of Meteorology, a flammagenitus is ‘a cumulus cloud formed by a rising thermal from a fire, or enhanced by buoyant plume emissions from an industrial combustion process.’ More Info

Major Ceramic Factory Gas Explosion Kills 18 Indians In Sudan

In a major fire on December 3 at a ceramics factory named ‘Saloomi‘ in the Bahri area of the capital of Sudan, Khartoum injured more than 100 people and killed 23 people out of which 18 workers were Indians.

Crux of the Matter
  • The fire occurred after an LPG gas tanker exploded while it was being unloaded at its shipment in the factory.
  • A 24-hour emergency hotline was set up by the Indian embassy in Sudan instantly and constant updates are being given on social media.
  • According to a statement issued by the Sudanese government, preliminary observations indicate a lack of necessary safety measures and equipment at the factory, in addition to inflammable materials improperly stored.
  • 7 Indians were hospitalised with 4 in critical condition. 34 Indians who survived the blast were accommodated at the Saloomi Ceramics Factory residence.
  • Reports suggest that the Indian victims are from Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

Khartoum is the capital of Sudan. With a population of 5,274,321, its metropolitan area is the largest in Sudan, the sixth-largest in Africa, and the fourth-largest in the Arab world. Khartoum is located at the confluence of the White Nile, flowing north from Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile, flowing west from Ethiopia. Khartoum is a tripartite metropolis consisting of Khartoum proper and linked by bridges to Khartoum North and Omdurman to the west. Khartoum has the highest concentration of economic activity in the country. It has major oil explorations in the South, the Giad Industrial Complex in Al Jazirah state and White Nile Sugar Project in Central Sudan, and the Merowe Dam in the North. More Info