A cylinder blast at a residential building in Ejipura, Bengaluru left six people dead and three dead on Monday, October 16. The blast was so powerful that a portion of the building fell.
The deceased have been identified as Kalavati 69, Ravi Chandra 48, Hari Prasad, 19, Pavan Kalyan, 18, Ashwini (pregnant) and Saravana.
6 people dead, out of which 5 people were residents of the building & 1 was a neighbour: K'taka Home Minister on Bengaluru building collapse pic.twitter.com/IwfH4qD5mc— ANI (@ANI) October 16, 2017
The blast affected three other buildings in the vicinity.
Times of India reported that death toll may rise as many people are feared trapped under the debris.
Cylinders on both ground & first floor had no gas in them so it is unlikely that the buildings collapsed due to blast: K'taka Home Minister pic.twitter.com/X5wTZfutQQ— ANI (@ANI) October 16, 2017
On 13 August, a similar cylinder blast had rocked Ejipura, leaving windows of houses, car windshields and other property shattered.
We will give a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to injured: B'luru Development Min K.J George pic.twitter.com/OUjtBlstB1— ANI (@ANI) October 16, 2017
Ejipura is a congested area and has a lot of people living in closely packed buildings.