22 killed, nearly 100 injured in NTPC boiler blast in UP

The boiler pipe burst in the five hundred MW power generating unit that started in operation in March at the plant in Unchahar, that is almost thirty years old. An enormous fire bust out and an enormous ball of mud rose after the explosion, creating rescue tough.

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In a statement, the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited has aforesaid at unit number six of its plant; there was an unexpected abnormal sound at 20-meter elevation around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. There was a gap in corner number 2 from which gases and steam “escaped” affecting the individuals working around the area, the central public sector undertaking said.

It additional that around eighty individuals were hurried to the NTPC Hospital, most of hurt people were discharged after first-aid. The 1,550-MW plant provides electricity to 9 states, according to officers, and employs around 870 individuals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had aforesaid that he was “deeply pained” by the accident at the power plant.

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Union power minister RK Singh, through social media posts, expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives and aforesaid that he had directed NTPC chairman and director Gurdeep Singh to rush to the location.

The NTPC has started an enquiry to determine the reasons behind the blast. Contractual laborers raised slogans on Thursday against the NTPC management. They claimed that they had forewarned regarding the “impending” disaster at the unit-six as the temperature close to the chamber was steady rising.

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The plant has currently been shut down. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has additionally been sent to assist in the rescue effort. The harmed are being treated at 2 hospitals including one within the NTPC campus. Those with the worst burn injuries are being taken to hospitals in Lucknow, around 110 kilometer away. The Unchahar plant started generating power in 1988 with 5 units of 210 MW each. The sixth unit was commissioned this year.

A burned worker undergoing treatment at a hospital aforementioned that a unexpected gush of hot gas with contents of ash-like material engulfed him at the NTPC plant. The person aforementioned he was unable to know what had happened and found himself on a hospital bed with his body scalded all over, when he regained consciousness. Rae Bareli Chief medical officer DK Singh said if necessary, some of the critical cases might be referred to Delhi by air ambulance.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to mention that officers are ensuring that normalcy is restored. “Deeply displeased by the accident happened at the NTPC plant in Raebareli. My thoughts are with the grieving families. May the harmed recover quickly! The situation is being closely monitored and officers are ensuring normalcy is restored,” he tweeted. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Mauritius on a three-day official visit, has ordered Rs. two lakh for the families of the dead and Rs. 50,000 for the badly harmed.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is campaigning in Gujarat for next month’s elections, aforesaid he will today visit Raebareli, that is also his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s constituency. “Due to the unfortunate NTPC accident, I’ll visit Rae Bareli tomorrow (Thursday) morning. Will join Gujarat Navsarjan Yatra in the afternoon,” he tweeted.

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and horror at the “terrible tragedy” in her Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli. Conveying her deepest condolences to the families of the grieving, Sonia Gandhi urged upon the authorities to provide immediate medical help to the burned. District judge Sanjay Kumar Khatri aforementioned that forty ambulances were instantly pressed into service. Chief medical officer (Raebareli) D.K. Singh along with a team of ten doctors is deployed to carry out immediate treatment to the injured, he said. The serious cases are being referred to KGMU hospital and the civil hospital in Lucknow. Some of the injured were being sent to Raebareli, Khatri aforesaid.

“As of now, the immediate priority for us is to rush those injured to the best possible treatment which is being done. All possible resources are being mobilized,” said Anand Kumar, one among the senior most police officers in the state.

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