Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Asia Briefs: At least 10 dead in power plant blast

15 labourers were dead and over 100 were injured after the steam pipe of a boiler burst at the thermal power plant of National Thermal Power Corporation in Unchahar Indian power plant blast kills 18, up to 100 injured
Elaine Woods | 03 November, 2017, 01:06

An explosion at an Indian coal-fired power plant operated by state-run NTPC Ltd on Wednesday killed 18 people and injured up to 100 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, in one of the country's most deadly industrial accidents in recent times.

More than 80 others suffered injuries in the explosion.

The incident apparently occurred when a pipe carrying ash from the burning coal exploded late Wednesday in the boiler at the power plant in Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh state, although officials said they still have not definitively determined the cause.

A huge fireball erupted after a boiler pipe exploded in the 500-megawatt power unit that started functioning in March this year at the plant, established almost 30 years ago with five units in Unchahar town.

"Twenty nine persons have succumbed to injuries and 85 are being treated at hospitals", NTPC said in a statement.

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The company said that there had been a "sudden abnormal sound" followed by a gas leak and explosion.

Senior district officials and police officials are at the accident site and overseeing rescue and relief operations, a state government spokesman said.

Other units are either under scheduled maintenance or are not operating now due to lack of demand, NTPC said.

"Ten people were dead and 100 injured in a blast in steam boiler at NTPC Raebareli", a statement issued by India's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said. A large fire broke out after the explosion, hindering rescue efforts.

Note: This story has updated the known number of fatalities on November 2.

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