Explosion At NTPC Power Plant In Uttar Pradesh; 4 dead, 100 injured

NTPC Explosion LIVE Updates 10 Bodies Recovered 100 Injured In Boiler Blast

All that Ganga Prasad, a labourer at the NTPC plant in Unchahar at Raebareli, remembers was that there was a loud explosion and then he heard cries all around him.

The district administration has confirmed the death of ten people in the explosion.

About 150 workers were said to be present inside the plant when the blast took place.

According to reports, hundreds of NTPC workers, including senior officials and engineers, were working at unit number 6 of a 500MW power unit when the boiler pipe exploded. A National Disaster Response Force team has also been sent to help with the rescue efforts.

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Sub Divisional Magistrate of Unchahar has told our Lucknow correspondent that several injured are in serious condition and they are being shifted to Allahabad Medical college, KGMC and other hospitals in Lucknow for treatment. Rae Bareli is the electoral district of Sonia Gandhi, president of the Congress Party, who lamented the accident and promised aid to the victims. "All available ambulances have been pressed into action", the Uttar Pradesh Police said in a tweet.

Previously, this plant was run by Uttar Pradesh state electricity board but was taken over by the NTPC a couple of years back.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of explosion and has directed Principal Secretary Home to ensure all steps for rescue and relief. The plant started generating power in 1988.

India's Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal wrote on Twitter that he was "deeply saddened by the accident" and extended his condolences to the families of those who were killed.

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