At least 82 people died when a gas cylinder exploded in a packed restaurant in India\’s central Madhya Pradesh state on Saturday morning, a senior local health official said, with the toll jumping after more bodies were recovered.
The gas cylinder exploded as people were gathering for breakfast at the restaurant in the town of Petlawad in the state of Madhya Pradesh, about 800 km (500 miles) south of New Delhi, Inspector B.L. Gaur told Reuters.
Gaur said the restaurant was near an area which stored gelatine sticks used at construction sites.
"There was a second explosion, there were more casualties," Gaur said, adding the blast was so powerful it damaged adjacent buildings and ripped out nearby windows.
Television footage showed a collapsed building and people searching for bodies in the rubble.
Madhya Pradesh\’s chief minister has announced compensation for the victims\’ families, local media reported.