Five people have reportedly been killed and at least 11 injured in a blast at Cochin Shipyard. The explosion happened on an offshore oil rig owned by ONGC. Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has ordered an inquiry into the mishap. Reports say the blast happened around 11 am in the water tanker of Sagar Bhushan, a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) that has been docked at the Cochin Shipyard for over a month for repairs. Two more workers are stranded inside, and their condition is unclear. Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has ordered an an inquiry into the blast. He also said he has instructed authorities to provide all medical support necessary to those injured in the mishap.
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