At least six people were killed and 17 left injured after a boiler exploded on Wednesday at Neyveli Thermal Power Station in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district.
According to PTI, the accident was reported from the fifth unit of the thermal power station-II when workers were in the process of resuming operations in the morning.
Tamil Nadu: Explosion at a boiler in stage -2 of the Neyveli lignite plant. 17 injured persons taken to NLC lignite hospital. Visuals from the spot. More details awaited. https://t.co/jtaOudE9P0 pic.twitter.com/FWKYNsePVO
— ANI (@ANI) July 1, 2020
The Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) fire-fighters have been engaged in the rescue operations and the district administration’s rescue teams have also reached the spot. Authorities are still investigating the exact cause of the accident.
Meanwhile, PTI quoted an official as saying that many workers are feared trapped. The official said that the injured have been rushed to a hospital in the state capital of Chennai.
The injured have been admitted to NLCIL General Hospital in Neyveli, reported The Indian Express.
This is the second boiler explosion in two months that occurred in the state. In a similar incident, on 7 May, two workers were killed and eight were injured after a boiler blast at the state-run NLC plant.