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Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Death toll in India power plant explosion rises to 26

Death toll in India power plant explosion rises to 26

A power plant explosion has left 26 people dead, a state official said November 2.

The death toll in the boiler blast at state-run NTPC power plant rose to 32 on Friday.

"Blockages in the flue gas pipe in a unit led to the blast".

At least 60 others have been injured when the explosion spewed hot ash over workers at the plant, said Sanjay Khatri, the area's top administrative officer.

When asked why the plant - which supplies electricity to nine states and employs around 870 people - wasn't shut down that could have averted the accident, he said: "We only shut down a plant or a unit when we feel we can't fix it during ongoing operations".

"A magisterial inquiry has been initiated".

A detailed report is expected from the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, within six weeks, positively, the NHRC said.

However, the death toll has risen to 26 with on Thursday.

The State Government has been directed to look into the matter and take utmost care to see that the families of the deceased are suitably compensated by way of monetary relief, without any delay.

"Twenty nine persons have succumbed to injuries and 85 are being treated at hospitals", NTPC said in a statement.

The plant is nearly 30 years old but the boiler pipe burst took place in the 500 MW power generating unit that started operating in March this year.

NTPC said the 1,550-MW plant, which is named for Feroze Gandhi, husband of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, began commercial operation in 1988, with five units generating 210 MW each. We have so many units that if power cannot be supplied by one, it can be given by the other.

Officials said the explosion took place in the boiler which is filled with water in tubes which are heated.

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