15 dead, more than 100 injured in a boiler pipe blast in India

By Sara Shayanian  |  Nov. 1, 2017 at 10:46 AM
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Nov. 1 (UPI) -- At least 15 are dead and more than 100 injured in a boiler pipe blast at National Thermal Power Corporation in Unchahar, India.

About 150 workers were present at the power unit of Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli district when the boiler tube exploded. The power company was installing a 500-megawatt boiler unit.

Many of the laborers are feared to still be trapped around the site of the blast.

"Ash-pipe exploded due to pressure at NTPC plant in Rae Bareli," a district magistrate said.

The plant area has been sealed off, the injured were admitted to nearby hospitals and the medical department was notified to send as many ambulances as possible to the site.

The Uttar Pradesh government announced it would provide monetary compensation to those injured and to the relatives of the dead.

The National Thermal Power Corporation operates a 1550-megawatt power plant named after Feroze Gandhi, husband of former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

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