Eight dead, 100 injured in blast at NTPC power plant

Violet Powell
November 2, 2017

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".

Nov.02: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit Raebareli on Thursday following an explosion at the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plant that left 18 people dead. It is said that at the time of the incident, about 150 workers were working in the plant.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance to the next kin of deceased and injured.

Early reports stated that eight people had died, but by 8 pm, the death toll reached 14, DK Singh, Chief Medical Officer, Rae Bareli, confirmed to Firstpost. He has said that a team of NDRF consisting 32 rescuers has reached Unchahar from Lucknow to conduct relief and rescue operation. All of them were being rushed to hospitals for treatment, he added. "The NTPC's senior management is rushing to the site to coordinate the efforts".

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Ash-pipe explosion at NTPC plant; at least 100 injured. Rae Bareli is the electoral district of Sonia Gandhi, president of the Congress Party, who lamented the accident and promised aid to the victims.

The state government will also give Rs 50,000 for critically injured while Rs 25,000 for those who have suffered light injured.

Three units with a combined capacity of 630 MW are continuing to generate electricity, while the 500 MW unit that was hit by the explosion has been shut down.

The scene outside the NTPC plant and at the hospitals was chaotic.

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