A 20-year-old youth on Sunday breathed his last at a hospital in Kakinada. Another person succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night.

The explosion and fire in the pipeline on Friday morning killed 15 villagers in Nagaram village in the coastal district of East Godavari.

Officials said 19 injured were admitted in hospitals in the district. The condition of six of them is stated to be critical.

Officials are taking measures to shift some of the injured to Hyderabad for better health services.

The massive fire, due to apparent leakage of gas from the 18-inch pipeline, engulfed several houses and shops.

The explosion in the pipeline carrying gas to Lanco power station at Kondapalli occurred near the ONGC Gas Collection Station at Tatipaka.

A high-level committee appointed by the petroleum ministry visited the village Saturday.

RP Singh, who is heading the panel, said the committee had not arrived at a conclusion regarding the reasons for the blast and fire.

Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chinna Rajappa blamed the negligence of GAIL authorities for the disaster.

The state and Central governments and ONGC/GAIL have announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs.25 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.


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