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Nine people, who were trapped inside a hydroelectric plant in Telangana’s Srisailam after a fire broke out late Thursday night, have died.

This was confirmed by the officials on Friday.

Among the dead, three have been identified as assistant engineers- Sundar Naik, Mohan Kumar and Fathima.

Rescuers are still looking for the three other employees trapped inside the Srisailam Left Bank Power Station (SLBP) run by Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TSGenco).

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao ordered a comprehensive enquiry by Crime Investigation Department (CID) into the cause of the accident.

CID’s additional director of police Govind Singh has been appointed as the inquiry officer and he has been asked to submit a report at the earliest.

There were 30 employees of TSGenco inside the powerhouse when the accident took place late on Thursday night.

Six employees have been rescued and brought out of the tunnel, 15 others managed to come out through the emergency exit route of the project.

However, nine others were trapped inside as thick smoke engulfed inside the tunnel, making it difficult for the rescue teams to reach the place.

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