Visakhapatnam: The death toll in last week's blast at the state-owned steel plant here rose to 16 with one more senior officer succumbing to burn injuries. Assistant General Manager, steel melting shop (SMS), M B R S Sarma, who was shifted to Mumbai a few days back for quality medical care, died on Monday morning.

The explosion had occurred at 'oxygen control unit' near the SMS-II at the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) on the night of June 13.

General Manager (Projects) D S Kalsi and a private company employee R Bhattacharya were undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai while Deputy Manager Prabhakara Rao was being treated at a hospital here, sources said adding that their condition was critical.


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