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4 dead, scores scorched as boiler explodes in NTPC plant; toll

8 dead 100 injured in ‘boiler tube’ blast at Raebareli’s NTPC unit Representational Image
Melinda Barton | 01 November, 2017, 15:49

At least 10 people are dead, more than 100 people have been injured after a boiler pipe bursted at NTPC plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh.

The explosion occurred because of pressure, DM Raebareli said.

ADG Kumar said that all available ambulances were pressed into action and the additional district magistrate and the additional superintendent of police were on the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations. Initial reports suggest that most of the injured have suffered burns. Some report said that the boiler unit at the NTPC plant in Rae Bareli was under trial. There have been some burn injuries, 50-60 have been admitted.

Yogi Adityanath has announces an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of deceased, Rs 50,000 for critically injured and Rs 25,000 for injured.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who was away from Mauritius on a three-day official visit ordered that the necessary steps should be taken.

An alert has been sounded at the community health centre (CHC), district hospital and at other medical centers, after the accident.

The coal-fired plant in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is owned by India's biggest power utility NTPC Ltd.

The NTPC plant has been shut down.

The plant, which started generating power in 1988, has five power generating units of 210 MW each.

A 32-member team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been sent to the site of the explosion.