DAINIK NATION BUREAU
At least 20 people died and dozens were burned as a boiler exploded Wednesday afternoon in the newest power generating unit at a state-run NTPC plant in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. The number of dead and injured may rise as many are believed to be trapped inside the unit. Many of the injured have suffered severe burns.
The boiler pipe burst in the 500 MW power generating unit that started operating in March at the plant in Unchahar, which is nearly 30 years old. A massive fire broke out and a huge ball of dust rose after the explosion, making rescue difficult.
“There was sudden abnormal sound at 20 mt. elevation and there was an opening. from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area,” the NTPC said in a statement.
The plant has now been shut down. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has also been sent to help in the rescue effort. The injured are being treated at two hospitals including one within the NTPC campus. Those with the worst burn injuries are being taken to hospitals in Lucknow, around 110 km away