A massive explosion has been reported at a boiler in the Neyveli lignite plant in Tamil Nadu. At least six people have died while 17 others are injured in the blast at the boiler in Tamil Nadu. Many have been rushed to the NLC hospital following the explosion.
The blast took place at a boiler of Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Cuddalore. NLC has its own fire-fighting teams who have rushed to the rescue operations following the blast.
Rescue teams from Cuddalore district administration have also reached the spot to assess the situation. The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained.
M Sree Abhinav, Cuddalore Superintendent of Police confirmed that the death toll has gone up to 6 while 17 others have been injured in the explosion at a boiler of Neyveli lignite plant.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed grief at the deaths. In a series of tweets, Amit Shah said, “Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a blast at Neyveli power plant boiler in Tamil Nadu. Have spoken to Tamil Nadu CM 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.
Praying for the earliest recovery of those injured.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 1, 2020
He also said that CRPF is already on the spot to assist the relief work.
The mishap happened at the fifth unit of the thermal power station-II in Neyveli when workers were in the process of resuming operations on Wednesday morning.
“Two men died on the spot. Some workers are feared trapped and 16 others have sustained injuries,” the official told a news agency adding the injured have been rushed to a hospital in Chennai.
This is the second such blast in Tamil Nadu since May. On May 7, five people were killed in a similar blast.