UP: At least 100 injured and 25 killed in NTPC Blast, Rahul Ghandhi rushed to meet victims

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Lucknow Case: On Wednesday a huge explosion slash a boiler at the state-run power giant NTPC’s Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district . Official said that at least 25 had killed and 100 got injured.

The NTPC initiated a investigation to ascertain the reasons behind this blast. Rs.2 lakh compensation for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the agonizingly injured said by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Among those injured are three additional general managers of the NTPC plant, who are undergoing treatment in Lucknow, according to sources.

Uttar Pradesh’s ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said that Twenty deaths have been confirmed by the district administration. Twenty-two people with severe burns have been referred to Lucknow. Another 15 are admitted to a Rae Bareli hospital. He also said that the number of casualties could rise.
CMO DK Singh told that only three victims are currently at the Rae Bareli district hospital while the others have been transferred to a Lucknow hospital.

Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said that 90-100 people were injured in the blast.

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) said that at unit number six of its Unchahar plant at 3:30 in the afternoon there was a unforseen sound at 20-meter elevation.

The central public sector undertaking said that there was an opening in corner number two from which hot flue gases and steam “escaped” affecting the people working around the area. It also said that around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital, most of them were discharged after first-aid. The 1,550-MW plant supplies electricity to nine states, according to officials, and employs around 870 people.

PM Nrendra Modi tweeted “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.”

Union power minister RK Singh expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives and said that he had directed NTPC chairman and managing director Gurdeep Singh to rush to the site.

“All available ambulances were pressed into service, and the additional district magistrate and the additional superintendent of police were on the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations” ADG Kumar said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on a three-day official visit to Mauritius, ordered that necessary steps be taken for rescue and relief.

Principal secretary Awanish Awasthi, who is accompanying Adityanath, said that  the chief minister has taken consciounsness of the Unchahar accident and has directed the principal secretary to ensure that all steps were taken for rescue and relief. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was also conclude to the explosion site from the state capital for relief and rescue operations, an official said.

The explosion provoke panic among the employees who ran helter-skelter. Such explosions can generate searing heat, an official said. An injured employee undergoing treatment at a hospital said that a sudden gush of hot gas with contents of ash-like material engulfed him at the NTPC plant. The man said he was unable to understand what had happened and found himself on a hospital bed with his body scalded all over, when he regained consciousness.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and horror at the “terrible tragedy” in her Lok Sabha constituency. Conveying her deepest sympathy to the families of the bereaved, Gandhi counceal upon the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will take a break from election campaign in Gujarat to visit Rae Bareli on Thursday to meet the families of the victims.”Due to the unfortunate NTPC accident, I will visit Rae Bareli tomorrow morning,” he said on Twitter.

He also said that arrangements have been made to bring the serious cases to KGMU Hospital and the Civil Hospital in Lucknow. CMO Singh said that, if required, some of the critical cases could be referred to Delhi by air ambulance.

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