6 dead, 16 injured in boiler explosion at NLC power plant in Tamil Nadu
The six men were aged between 25 and 42 years, according to the official cited by the news agency. The injured include employees who have sustained at least 40% burn injuries according to an initial assessment, the official said.Updated: Jul 01, 2020 15:15 IST
Six contractual workers were killed and 16 others suffered burn injuries in a boiler explosion at NLC India Ltd’s thermal plant in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district on Wednesday, in the second such accident in two months, reports said.
The accident took place at the fifth unit of the Centre-run thermal power station-II (210 MW x 7) when workers were in the process of resuming operations in the morning.
“Six men have died. Sixteen people who sustained injuries have been rushed to a hospital in Chennai,” an NLC official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The six men were aged between 25 and 42 years, according to the official cited by the news agency. The injured include employees who have sustained at least 40% burn injuries according to an initial assessment, the official said.
Union home minister Amit Shah condoled the deaths and said he has spoken to Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami and assured all possible 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 Office of TamilNadu (CMO) and assured all possible help,” Amit Shah said in a tweet.
“CISF is already on the spot to assist the relief work. Praying for the earliest recovery of those injured,” he said.
In May, at least six workers died after a boiler explosion at the plant of NLC, which was easier known as Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited.