The Andhra Pradesh government has announced an ex—gratia payment of Rs one lakh each to the families of those killed in an explosion at a cracker godown at Pallipattu in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

24 persons from Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh bordering Tamil Nadu were among those killed in the explosion on Friday.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah expressed shock over the tragedy and announced an ex—gratia payment of Rs one lakh each to the kin of those killed hailing from the state, official sources said.