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Minor Boy, Woman Injured After Gas Explosion in School

Srinagar, Jun 15: In a tragic incident, an elderly woman and a minor boy sustained severe injuries following a gas cylinder explosion at a middle school in the Jafarpora locality of Anantnag district on Saturday. The incident has raised concerns about safety protocols in schools.

Officials reported that the explosion occurred due to a gas leakage, causing significant harm to a 50-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy. Both victims have been hospitalized with burn injuries, necessitating advanced medical care.

The injured woman, identified as Hajira, who works as a cook at the school, and the boy, named Zian, were immediately transported to SDH Bijbhera for initial treatment. Due to the severity of their injuries, they were subsequently referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar.

Medical officials have disclosed that Hajira sustained 30 percent burn injuries. The young boy, Zian, suffered more extensive damage, with 60 percent burn injuries, underscoring the dire nature of the explosion.

The prompt response of the emergency services ensured that the fire, which erupted due to the explosion, was quickly extinguished, preventing further damage and potential injuries to other individuals in the vicinity.

This incident has sparked discussions about the adequacy of safety measures in schools, particularly concerning the handling and storage of gas cylinders, which are commonly used in school kitchens across the region.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to determine the exact cause of the gas leakage and to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. The community is hopeful for a thorough review and the implementation of stricter safety regulations.

The local administration and school authorities have expressed their sympathies to the affected families, pledging support and ensuring that the victims receive the best possible medical treatment. The incident has highlighted the urgent need for improved safety protocols in educational institutions.

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