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Index – Abroad – An explosion occurred at an Italian power station, killing four people

Index – Abroad – An explosion occurred at an Italian power station, killing four people

Four people were killed and several others were missing as a result of an explosion at a hydroelectric power station in northern Italy. The underwater explosion occurred at a power station in Lake Soviana, 70 kilometers from the city of Bologna. A. writes BBC.

The affected area is located 30 meters below the surface of the lake, so rescuers were only able to reach the site with great difficulty. Marco Masinara, mayor of the nearby town of Camognano, told ANSA news agency

The fire likely started during maintenance work.

Bologna Governor Attilio Visconti said the fire broke out when a turbine exploded beneath the eighth floor, flooding the floor below.

One of the divers participating in the search and rescue operation reported to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that they were able to reach the seventh floor below the surface, but they were no longer able to reach the three people trapped at a greater depth.

Due to the explosion, which occurred around three o'clock in the afternoon, a number of people suffered serious burns and were transported by helicopter to nearby hospitals.

Lake Soviana is an artificial lake in the Apennine Mountains near Bologna, created after the construction of a dam in 1932.

According to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, she is following the news related to the explosion with concern, at the same time Thank you Tell emergency services.

The power plant is owned by the Italian energy giant Enel Green Power. The company said there were no signs of damage to the dam, but the plant had halted production.

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(Cover photo: Ambulances and Italian fire service vehicles at the scene of an explosion at a hydroelectric power station at a dam on Lake Soviana in Pargi, Italy on April 9, 2024. Ufficio Stampa Unione Comuni Appennino Bolognese/Handout/Reuters)