Police said the explosion was caused by a cooking gas cylinder kept in the adjacent three-storeyed building housing a hotel. Both the buildings were extensively damaged in the high-impact explosion compounding the tragedy.
According to Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), Petlawad, A R Khan, the explosion took place around 8.30 AM at Petlawad town, at a store in the building where huge piles of explosive material used for mines were kept.
So far, bodies of 89 people have been recovered from the debris of both the buildings, Jhabua District Magistrate Aruna Gupta said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed pain over the loss of lives in the explosion. "Extremely pained at the loss of lives due to the cylinder blast in Jhabua. My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased," PM tweeted.

Meanwhile, State Home Minister Babulal Gaur said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured.




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