Raebareli, Nov 1 (IBNS): The boiler explosion at state-run NTPC power plant-Unchahar Unit No. 6-in Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli on Wednesday left at least 18 people dead and injured another 100, media reports said.
According to a government statement, there was sudden abnormal sound at 20 mt. elevation at the power plant.
Following the same, there was opening in corner no.2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area.
About 10 persons with serious injuries have been referred to nearby hospitals and to Lucknow to provide immediate treatment.
An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident.
"All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration," the statement added.
President Ram Nath Kovind condemned the incident and noted:
Anguished by loss of lives in power plant mishap in Raebareli. Condolences to bereaved families. Govt is helping injured #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 1, 2017
Sharing his thoughts about the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi stated:
Deeply pained by the accident at the NTPC plant in Raebareli. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. The situation is being closely monitored & officials are ensuring normalcy is restored: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 1, 2017
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.