A tragic incident took place at the Thermal Power Station-II, in NLC India Ltd (NLCIL) in Neyveli on Wednesday. A boiler exploded at Unit V at the Thermal Power Station-II.
Past few months a lot has been going on, the pandemic prevailing all over the world, earthquakes in parts of Delhi, cyclones AMPHAN and Nisarga, a gas leak in Vizag and now explosion in Tamil Nadu.
The explosion at the power plant took place on Wednesday, this is the second blast happening within a short span of time, and it is feared that the number of deaths will be ore this time. During the explosion took place the contract workers and the permanent staff were working at the location.
As of now the reports says that six people have been killed and sixteen have been injured in the incident. The victims were identified as Selamarasan, Arun Kumar, Padmanabhan, Ramanathan, Venkatesa Perumal, and Nagaraj. NLCIL said all of them were contract workers.
Out of the 16 people injured 11 have severe burns. Around 40% of their body has been burnt and they are admitted to in the hospital in Chennai as their situation is critical. Among the sixteen injured, six are regular employees and 10 are contract workers. The rest of the injured people have been admitted to the NLCIL General Hospital.
According to NLCIL sources, “Unit V had shut down after it had tripped on Tuesday night. The workers and engineering staff were attempting to revive the unit when a fire reportedly broke out in the boiler, resulting in the explosion.”
The power generation unit faced some disturbances which led to the following incident. The other units at the station worked perfectly fine. They did not face any issues. The rescue team is present on the spot and has been working since the incident took place.
The blast at the plant occurred at around 10:00 am. This is the second incident that took place at the TPS-II in over a period of two months. On May 7 the first blast took place at the unit. In the first boiler blast, five persons were killed. The dead people also included two who belonged to the permanent staff.
Condoling the deaths, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced a relief of Rs 3 lakh for families of those who died, Rs 1 lakh for the severely injured and Rs 50,000 for those with less severe injuries.
One by one a lot of tragic incidents have been taking place. The number of dead people has been counted to 6. But it is assumed that it may go up as the blast was so fatal.