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Bauxite spillage forces Hindalco to suspend alumina output

Apr. 10, 2019 - Hindalco Industries, an Aditya Birla Group company, has suspended alumina production at its Jharkhand plant due to spillage of bauxite residue at areas around the storage facility.

There was an incident in the red mud (bauxite residue) storage area connected to the alumina plant situated at Muri, Jharkhand, on Tuesday, said the company in a statement on Wednesday.

Many people are believed to be trapped and swept away in the debris, as the caustic pond suddenly broke up following a land cave-in at Muri, about 25 km from Ranchi, it said.

As a precautionary measure, operations have been temporarily suspended to assess the situation, it added.

Preliminary investigations indicate no material impact on the surrounding environment or to property. Efforts are ongoing to clear the spillage, it said.

Four persons with minor injuries have been treated and one contract workman is missing. This incident is not expected to have any material impact on the company's performance, said Hindalco.

Shares of the company were down 2 per cent at ₹211 on Wednesday.

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