NTPC power plant blast

An explosion ripped a boiler in the state-run power giant NTPC's Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district today, killing at least sixteen persons while about 100 suffered severe burn injuries, police said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his condolences over the deaths and announced Rs.2 lakh compensation for the family of those killed and Rs.50,000 for the grievously injured. 16 daed and around around 100 people received burn injuries, and the condition of some of them was serious.  The Unchahar sub-division in Raebareli district is around 110 km from the state capital.

A National Disaster Response Force team was also despatched to the explosion site from Lucknow for relief and rescue operations.

The explosion triggered panic among the employees who ran helter skelter. The NTPC, in a statement said that “an unfortunate accident in the boiler of 500 MW under-trial unit of NTPC Unchahar occurred Wednesday afternoon. Rescue operations are underway.“

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