News Reading Practice #68

(100 Day Challenge)


The Hindu Bureau

Ten workers, including six women, were killed in an explosion at a fireworks unit in Sivakasi on Thursday, and 13 persons sustained injuries, according to police. 

The workers were manufacturing fireworks at Sudarshan Fireworks unit in Sengamalapatti around 2.15 p.m when the blast occurred. 

The deceased have been identified as - Vijayakumar, 28; C. Ramesh, 32; G. Kaleeswaran, 47; M. Muthu, 57; M. Avudaiyammal, 80; V. Lakshmi, 47; S. Vasanthi, 48; S. Veeralakshmi, 48; K. Petchiammal, alias Jeya- lakshmi, 25; and G. Alagar- samy, 35. 

The blast razed seven work sheds and damaged six others. Three fire tenders were pressed into service and it took them over 30 minutes to douse the flames. 

A police source said that over 100 workers were working at the unit when the blast occurred. 

S. Saravanan of Sivakasi is the licence-holder for the unit, and one Muthukrishnan is suspected to have taken the unit on lease for manufacturing fireworks, the police source added. 

Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, in a statement, condoled the deaths and said that he had directed the Collector to take up expeditious rescue operation and provide life-saving treatment to all the injured persons. He promised to provide relief to all the affected persons after the approval of the Election Commission.

Swift action: Firefighters putting out the flames after the explosion at a fireworks unit in Sivakasi on Thursday. PTI


BLAST - Loud explosion (സ്ഫോടനം)

EXPLOSION - Violent burst of energy (സ്ഫോടനം, പൊട്ടിത്തെറി)

FIREWORKS UNIT - Unit where fireworks are manufactured (പഠക്ക നിര്‍മ്മാണ യൂണിറ്റ്.)

SUSTAIN INJURIES - Experience injuries (പരിക്കേല്‍ക്കുക)

DECEASED - Those who have died (മരണമടഞ്ഞ)

FIRE TENDERS - Firefighting vehicles (ആഗ്‌നിശമനസേനാ വാഹനം)

DOUSE - Extinguish (അണയ്ക്കുക)

LEASE - Contract to use something for a period of time in return for payment (പാട്ടത്തിനെടുക്കുക)

CONDOLE - Express sympathy for someone's loss (അനുശോചിക്കുക)

DIRECT - Give instructions or orders (നിര്‍ദ്ദേശിക്കുക)

TAKE UP - Begin or start doing something (എടുക്കുക)

EXPEDITIOUS - Done with speed and efficiency (ശീഘ്രം, വേഗത്തിലുള്ള)

RESCUE OPERATION - Efforts to save people from danger or harm (രക്ഷാപ്രവര്‍ത്തനം)

PUT OUT - Extinguish (അണയ്ക്കുക)