6 killed, 17 injured in boiler explosion at Neyveli Thermal Plant; Second blast in 2 months

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Six people were killed and 17 injured in a boiler blast at the Neyveli Thermal Power Station in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district on Wednesday.

 

The blast occurred in the fifth unit of the second station as workers were resuming work this morning.

 “Six people have died and 17 are injured. They have been admitted to NLCIL General Hospital in Neyveli,” Neyveli Thermal Station Inspector Latha quoted by Indian Express as saying.

According to the PTI report, a number of workers are feared trapped.

“The boiler is 84-metre high and when the accident occurred, the workers and technicians were at a height of about 32 meters”, an NLC India official said.

“The fire has been brought under control by the fire wing of CISF Unit of NLCIL”, the company said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had spoken to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and assured help.

“Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a blast at Neyveli power plant boiler in Tamil Nadu. Have spoken to Chief Minister of tamil Nadu and assured all possible help. Praying for the earliest recovery of those injured”, he tweeted.

Neyveli, a township in Cuddalore district, is about 200 kilometres south of Chennai.

This is the second boiler explosion to take place at the plant in two months.

 On May 7, two workers were killed and eight injured in a similar incident.

 

With inputs from Agency and media reports

Image credit: Indian Express

 

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