Kathmandu: An explosion took place at Arun III Hydropower Project in Nepal on Friday evening. No casualties have been reported as of now.

On October last year, at least five Indian workers were injured in an explosion at an iron plant in southern Nepal, bordering India. All the injured were working as daily wage labourers at the iron plant in Simara Sub-Metropolitan City-2 of Jitpur, Bara, The Kathmandu Post had reported.

The injured were identified as Kamalesh Raya, Naresh Sahani, Sandeep Kumar, Pankaj Kumar, of Sitamadi, Bihar and Binayak Singh of Motihari in Bihar.

According to the police, the incident occurred when they were melting the iron in the run-down furnace. Police have suspected that the incident might have occurred due to excessive heat.

Most of the equipment being used at the plant was old and in a sorry state, the paper had reported.

Nine persons were killed and more than a dozen injured when a tank used to store molasses exploded in Bidyanagar of Bara in June last year.

“Factories show the maintenance of equipment only in paper,” a worker said, adding, “But they never repair the equipment.” More than 500 factories are being operated in the Pathliya-Birgunj Industrial Corridor.