Boiler blast at power plant kills several workers, injures scores

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At least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured in an explosion on Wednesday at a thermal power plant in northern India, officials have said.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said he was disturbed by the incident and urged the authorities to provide all help to the injured.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the explosion at NTPC plant.

"Ash-pipe exploded due to pressure at NTPC plant in Rae Bareli", District Magistrate told ANI.

Police said a fully equipped National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team consisting of 32 personnel has left Lucknow for Raibareli.

Also the UP ADG (Additional Director General) of police has confirmed of 10 deaths in the explosion. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sadness for the tragedy and said he handles the situation.

Former Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Pandey alleged NTPC management discriminated between higher officials and labourers in providing medical assistance. The area is under the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Ambulances were dispatched immediately after the incident.

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Mauritius for an investment summit, announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the workers who died in the accident.

The state government will also give Rs 50,000 for critically injured while Rs 25,000 for those who have suffered light injured.

The plant, with five units of 210 MW each, started generating power in 1988.

"Deeply pained by the accident at the NTPC plant in Raebareli".