Three Missing, 19 Injured As Massive Blaze Engulfs Refinery In Indonesia’s West Java

Three Missing, 19 Injured As Massive Blaze Engulfs Refinery In Indonesia’s West Java

JAKARTA, Mar 29 (NNN-ANTARA) – Three people went missing and 19 others were wounded, with five of them suffering serious injuries, and nearly 1,000 residents living nearby were evacuated, following a massive blaze at an oil refinery, in Indonesia’s West Java province after midnight, last night, officials said.

Head of the Disaster Management Agency’s Emergency Unit, in West Java province, Hadi Rahmat, said that, three people remain missing, five are seriously wounded and 14 others suffered minor injuries.

“The five persons are being intensively treated at the Pertamina Hospital,” he said, by phone.

Nearly 1,000 people have been evacuated to two sports centres and an Islamic centre, he said.

Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company, PT Pertamina, said today that, the accident took place at 00:45 a.m. local time, at its Balongan oil refinery, located in the province’s district of Indramayu.

The oil processing unit has been shut down to prevent any further oil spread. The cause of the fire is still unknown, while, during the accident, heavy downpours with thunder and lightning happened.

The refinery can process 125,000 barrels of oil per day. The accident does not obstruct oil supplies for the people, according to the company.

— NNN-ANTARA

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