Tamil Nadu Neyveli boiler blast: 6 dead, 17 injured in boiler explosion at NLC thermal plant
At least six people were killed and 17 injured in a boiler blast at Neyveli Thermal Power Station in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The blast occurred in the fifth unit of the second station as workers were resuming work this morning.
Neyveli Thermal Station Inspector Latha told IndianExpress.com the blast occurred at around 10 am. “Six people have died and 17 are injured. They have been admitted to NLCIL General Hospital in Neyveli,
According to news agency 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.
News agency ANI cited M Sree Abhinav, Cuddalore’s superintendent of police, as saying that the six workers died and 17 were injured in the explosion at the boiler.
PTI quoted an officer 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.
six people were killed and 17 others injured on Wednesday in a boiler blast at a plant of the NLC India Limited in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore. The boiler blast took place at the plant of the NLC India Limited, formerly known as Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, this morning.
The 17 injured persons have been admitted to the NLC Lignite Hospital with burn injuries.
“Six dead and 17 injured in an explosion at a boiler of Neyveli Lignite plant,” M Sree Abhinav, Cuddalore Superintendent of Police,
Authorities said all those injured in the Neyveli boiler blast had been moved to the hospital and investigation was underway as the plant was not functional.
Meanwhile, an official told news agency PTI some workers were feared trapped due to the explosion. “Some workers are feared trapped,” an official told PTI.
Neyveli, a township in Cuddalore district, is about 200 kilometres south of Chennai. Wednesday’s blast is the second in two months. On May 7, two workers were killed and eight injured in a similar incident.
The incident comes close on the heels of a chemical disaster in Visakhapatnam late on Monday night in which at least two people were killed and four took ill after benzimidazole gas leaked at Sainor Life Sciences in Parawada Pharma City.
This was the second incident in the district in two months. A major gas leak occurred in LG Polymers chemical plant on May 7 causing the death of at least 12 people and numerous cattle. One similar gas leak (in a paper mill in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh) and one boiler blast (Neyveli, Tamil Nadu) followed. While these events were being investigated, on May 22, Pune saw a major fire break out in a chemical factory.
The incidents come amid the Centre’s efforts to ease the restrictions induced by the coronavirus lockdown even though India has seen a consistent spike in cases.