Uttar Pradesh NTPC Power Plant Explosion; 8 dead, 100 injured

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At least four persons have been killed and hundreds injured on Wednesday, November 1, in a sudden blast in a state-run  National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)  power plant in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. Reportedly, The Explosion took place when a boiler tube exploded at the unit.

“Ash-pipe exploded due to pressure at NTPC plant in Rae Bareli,” District Magistrate told ANI. He confirmed that 100 people suffered injuries in the blast. Reports suggested the boiler unit at the NTPC plant in Rae Bareli was under trial.

A top official says the number of dead and injured may rise. Most of the injured have suffered burns.  Meanwhile, the injured have been transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The plant, with five units of 210 MW each, started generating power in 1988. A sixth unit of 500 MW was commissioned this year; reports suggest the pipe burst took place there.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Mauritius on a three-day official visit, has ordered Rs.2 lakh for the families of the dead and Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured.

An unfortunate accident in the boiler of 500MW under trial unit of NTPC– Unchahar occurred this afternoon. Rescue operations underway in close coordination with District Administration. Injured persons are being shifted to nearby hospitals~ANI

More details are awaited.

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