Explosion at coal power plant in India

Explosion at coal power plant in India

The plant employs 870 workers, and it was not known how many were in the plant at the time of the explosion.

Among those injured, 22 with severe burn injuries have been sent to the state capital Lucknow for treatment, while 15 are in another hospital within the district, Uttar Pradesh police said.

The death toll from Wednesday evening incident is likely to rise as many more are feared trapped inside the 500MW boiler unit at the NTPC, Unchahar, Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Anand Kumar said.

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The blast happened because the boiler pipe burst in the 500 MW power generating unit that started operating in March at the plant in Unchahar, which is almost 30 years old. Numerous injured have suffered severe burns.

"NDTV quoted a statement of NTPC, an electric power distribution company as "...there was sudden abnormal sound at 20 mt. elevation and there was an opening...from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area".

"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. The plant has a total coal-fired capacity of 1,550 megawatts. "This two-member technical team will submit findings within seven days", Khatri said. As a massive fire broke out and a huge ball of dust rose after the explosion, making rescue hard. "Injured persons are being shifted to the nearby hospitals".

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