Tragic Incident at Hydroelectric Plant in Italy Leads to Fatalities


An explosion at a hydroelectric power facility operated by Enel in Italy has resulted in loss of lives and several injuries. The event occurred on 9th April 2024, prompting an immediate response from emergency services and local authorities.

The site of the explosion is currently under strict scrutiny as investigations proceed to determine the cause. Initial reports suggest that the incident occurred during maintenance activities, as confirmed by officials. Francesco Notaro, a Regional Fire Chief, reported to the press that a section of the nine-level subterranean facility gave way, leading to a fire outbreak and subsequent inundation, reaching depths of approximately 60 meters.. The company has stated that it is working closely with investigative bodies to provide all necessary information and support.

Three individuals have sadly lost their lives in this tragic event, with a number more missing or receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained. The identities of those deceased are being kept confidential until family members have been notified.

“This is a historic power plant for us,” Marco Masinara, the Mayor of the nearby town of Camugnano, told local media. “It has been managed by Enel for 50 years, providing jobs for many families. Until today, nothing ever happened. Today, a drama occurred. Our world collapsed.”

In the wake of this disaster, Enel has expressed its deepest sympathies towards the victims and their families. A statement released by the company emphasised their commitment to safety and the steps being taken to review and enhance their existing protocols. Furthermore, Enel has announced the initiation of a support program aimed at assisting the families affected by this tragedy.

Local community leaders and government officials have also responded, assuring the public of their dedication to thorough investigation and safety of industrial operations within the region. Support services and resources are being mobilised to aid those impacted by the explosion.

As the situation unfolds, further updates will be provided to keep the public informed. Enel and local authorities urge anyone seeking information or assistance to contact the established helplines.

To read the rest of the exclusive, see our last issue here.

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