At least 16 people have been killed and several others injured in a boiler explosion at NTPC’s Unchahar plant in Raebareli on Wednesday. The toll is expected to rise. SP Shivhari Meena told PTI that according to initial reports “50-60 persons have suffered injuries” in the explosion. He added relief and rescue operations were underway and the injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals.
The government has taken cognizance of the incident. PTI reported that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was away in Mauritius on a three-day official visit, ordered that necessary steps be taken for rescue and relief. “The chief minister has taken cognizance of the Unchahar accident and has directed principal secretary (home) to ensure that all steps are taken for rescue and relief,” PTI quoted principal secretary (information) Awanish Awasthi, who is accompanying Adityanath, as saying.
The explosion triggered panic among the workers who ran helter-skelter. The district administration rushed ambulances to the NTPC plant and directed health officials to provide prompt treatment to the injured.
Live Updates of the NTPC plant incident below
9:52 pm PM Modi has expressed condolence on twitter. Deeply pained by accident at #NTPC plant in Raebareli.My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly, tweeted Modi
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
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8:23 pm Toll due to the explosion has risen further. According to UP Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar, 16 people have died and around 10 injured so far.
8:21 pm Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said he was disturbed by the incident and urged the authorities to provide all help to the injured. “Disturbed by the NTPC plant incident. My condolences are with the families of those who died. Urge the authorities to provide immediate help to the injured,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.
8:13 pm Visuals from the explosion site
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8:12 pm Congress leader CP Joshi tweeted, “Dismayed by the loss of lives in an explosion at the #NTPC plant in #Raebareli. My heart goes out to the families of the deceased.”
8:10 pm According to Chief Medical Officer of Raebareli, DK Singh, 14 people have died in the boiler explosion.
7:52 pm Toll rises to 12 in NTPC tragedy, said UP Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar
7:50 pm Congress President Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock and horror at the terrible tragedy in Rae Bareli. Conveying her deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, Gandhi urged upon the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured. She has also asked UPCC & Congress workers to provide help in relief operations and provide all possible assistance to the families of the injured.
6:36 pm 10 bodies recovered, at least 60-70 people injured: UP ADG (Law and Order) on NTPC Explosion
6:28 pm Union health minister JP Nadda speaks to UP health minister, also asks Union health secy to extend all possible help.
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6:26 pm A 32-member team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) leaves for Unchahar #Raebareli, ANI reports
6:21 pm: Rescue operations underway in close coordination with District Administration. Injured persons are being shifted to nearby hospitals: NTPC
6.07 pm: UP Chief Minister announces ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of deceased, Rs 50,000 for critically injured & Rs 25,000 for injured.