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Dozens killed and more than one hundred injured in explosion at the thermal power plant in Unchabar, India

At least 20 people were initially killed and more than a hundred injured in an explosion at a thermal power plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli district in Northern India on Wednesday.

It was a huge explosion. Moments later a deep cloud of smoke engulfed the surrounding. Local officials said the cause of the accident at the plant in Unchahar was not yet known. Government rescue workers were called to the scene as families of workers gathered outside the plant. The accident occurred in the ash-handling section of the plant.“There was an explosion inside the boiler. After the coal burns it gets deposited and has to be cleared. The people who died were engaged in that cleaning,” said a senior National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) executive.

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Explosion at plant in Unchahar

The cause of the accident wasn’t immediately known. The plant has been shut down. all available ambulances were pressed into action. Several workers possibly still were under debris. As more people succumbed to their injuries the death toll reached 26. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is on a three-day visit to Mauritius, 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 the injured.“ he incident has triggered a sense of panic in the region. The 30-year-old plant at Unchahar supplies electricity to almost 9 states.

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