16 killed, 100 injured in explosion at NTPC plant in UP

At least four dead over 100 injured in blast at NTPC’s

Reportedly, The Explosion took place when a boiler tube exploded at the unit.

"Total number of casualties could go up once the blades of the boiler are cut", the state's police said, adding that 18 people have been confirmed dead by the district administration. "The NTPC's senior management is rushing to the site to coordinate the efforts". The death toll is expected to rise.

A blast at NTPC plant in Uttar Pradesh's Uchahar killed at least ten and injured close to 100 on Tuesday. The blast reportedly occurred when a pipe in a newly-installed boiler burst, spewing hot ash on workers.

Ash-pipe explosion at NTPC plant; at least 100 injured.

District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Khatri said 40 ambulances were immediately pressed into service.

A team of 32 persons of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been rushed to Unchahar from Lucknow to support in rescue works. It is said that at the time of the incident, about 150 workers were working in the plant.

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The victims are said to be workers employed in the power plant. A massive fire broke out and a large ball of dust rose after the explosion, making rescue hard, the channel said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Mauritius on a three-day visit, directed Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar to monitor the situation and brief him regularly.

He has also announced ex gratia relief of 3,095 US dollars for each family that has lost its member in the accident.

NTPC's Unchahar plant is a coal-based power station that provides power to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttranchal. This plant has installed a capacity of 1550 MW.

Around 80 people were rushed to the NTPC hospital and most were discharged after receiving first-aid treatment.

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