Coal Power Plant Explosion Kills 26 in India

Workplace accidents are common in India, where poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations have led to horrific deaths.

Coal Power Plant Explosion Kills 26 in India

The death toll from an explosion at a coal-fired power plant in northern India on Wednesday has risen to 26, the government said Thursday, as 10 more people died of their injuries.

Several more victims are being treated for critical injuries. Sanjay Khatri, the area's top administrative officer, said a pipe carrying ash from the burning coal exploded in the newly installed boiler at the power plant in Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh state. The explosion spewed hot ash over workers at the plant.

A list prepared by the state government showed 26 people had died, though some have yet to be identified. One survivor described being engulfed by burning hot steam when the explosion occurred. The man lost consciousness and woke up in hospital covered in burns, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Workplace accidents are common in India, where poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations have led to horrific deaths.

The 1,550-megawatt (MW) plant, which employs around 870 people and supplies electricity to nine neighbouring states, has been shut down. Its owner the National Thermal Power Corporation has launched an inquiry into what caused the disaster.

Source: Daily Sabah

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