16 Dead, 100 Injured In Boiler Blast At NTPC Power Plant In Uttar Pradesh
At least 16 people were killed and around 100 injured in an explosion at a government-run coal-fired power plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district on Wednesday afternoon.
A statement from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) reported a “sudden abnormal sound” around 3.30pm at a recently commissioned 500 megawatt unit of the 1550 megawatt (MW) plant in Unchahar.
The NTPC, in a statement after the incident, said that “an unfortunate accident in the boiler of 500MW under trial unit of NTPC – Unchahar occurred this afternoon. Rescue operations are underway in close coordination with the district administration. Injured persons are being shifted to the nearby hospitals.” The NTPC’s senior management is rushing to the site to coordinate the efforts, the statement added.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his condolences over the deaths and announced Rs2 lakh compensation for the family of those killed and Rs50,000 for the grievously injured, an official said. “Four deaths have been confirmed by the district administration. The toll might go up,” additional director general of police (ADG) (law and order) Anand Kumar had earlier said.
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was also despatched to the explosion site from Lucknow for relief and rescue operations.