Death Toll at 26 After Explosion at India Thermal Plant

Tomas Mccoy
November 3, 2017

At least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured in an explosion Wednesday at a thermal power plant in northern India, officials said.

More than 100 were injured in the accident at the publicly owned National Thermal Power Corporation's Unchahar plant in Rai Bareli.

About 80 people have been taken to the hospital of plant operator NTPC Ltd, while around 10 with serious injuries have been sent to other facilities, NTPC said in a statement on Wednesday.

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.

Officials said numerous injured had severe burns.

"Hot flue gases and steam let out by the blast severely injured several workers", he said. The injured are being treated at two hospitals including one within the NTPC campus.

Mr Khatri said the cause of the accident is not yet known.

Relatives of workers gathered outside the main gate of the power plant desperately seeking information, police officer Suresh Chandra said. The company said senior executives were headed to the site to help coordinate rescue efforts.

NTPC said the 1,550-MW plant, which is named for Feroze Gandhi, husband of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, began commercial operation in 1988, with five units generating 210 MW each. A large fire broke out after the explosion, hindering rescue efforts. The rescuers from national disaster response force (NDRF) and police are continuing search for the missing ones in the wake of the blast, police said Thursday.

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