Five Dead, 17 Injured in Explosion at Thermal Power Station in India’s Tamil Nadu

North Chennai Thermal Power Station Ennore, Tamil Nadu. Pic: Wikipedia

At least five people are feared dead, and 17 have sustained injuries in a boiler blast at the Neyveli Thermal Power Station in the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The blast occurred in Building 5 of Plant 2.

Workers were hard at work when the blast occurred in the  210 MW unit. as there are many trapped inside, its possible that the death toll will rise.

The Neyveli Lignite Corporation has its own firefighting teams, which attended the incident within minutes.

News daily Indian Express quoted activist Nityanand Jayaraman as saying that the five people who were killed were contract workers. He said this is the second blast to have occurred at the factory since the lockdown was imposed in March.

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