Accidental Blast in Thermal Power Unit Kills at Least 20

15 labourers were dead and over 100 were injured after the steam pipe of a boiler burst at the thermal power plant of National Thermal Power Corporation in Unchahar

Accidental Blast in Thermal Power Unit Kills at Least 20

The death toll from an explosion at a coal-fired power plant in northern India has risen to 29, the company said Thursday, as three more people died of their injuries.

Tragedy gripped an undertrial unit of the state-run thermal power plant on Wednesday afternoon after a boiler pipe burst at the site. Numerous injured have suffered severe burns.

Needless to say, grief has engulfed the families of the labourers who have lost their lives in the calamity and the dozens who have survived it, grappling with severe injuries.

A huge fireball erupted after a boiler pipe exploded in the 500-megawatt power unit that started functioning in March this year at the plant, established almost 30 years ago with five units in Unchahar town.

"Hot flue gases and steam let out by the blast severely injured several workers", he said.

Mr Khatri said the cause of the accident is not yet known.

"Fifteen people were reported dead and over 100 others injured when a blast took place at NTPC's thermal power plant at Unchahar in Raebareli district on Wednesday", New Delhi-based television news channel News18 said. Rescue operations are underway in close coordination with the district administration. The plant has a total coal-fired capacity of 1,550 megawatts. "Injured persons are being shifted to the nearby hospitals". As a massive fire broke out and a huge ball of dust rose after the explosion, making rescue hard.

NDRF teams pressed into service at the plant are engaged with the UP police in the rescue operations.

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