At least 29 dead in India after power plant explodes

Almost 100 others were left injured after the incident at the coal-fired power plant in Uttar Pradesh.

More than 29 workers were left dead in India, following an explosion at a power plant in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday this week.

The power plant, which was coal-fired, was run by the government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). NTPC said that 80 people were rushed to the company hospital, while 10 others with more serious injuries were sent to other facilities. 

The plant has been shut down, but it is feared that there are still workers trapped under the debris.

According to Uttar Pradesh state police, the explosion was caused by a collection of ash in the furnace below the boiler.

Families of the dead have each been offered compensation of 200,000 rupees (~S$4,200) by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who also sent his condolences.

AFP reports that workplace accidents – especially those which are fatal – occur frequently in the country, due to poor safety regulations and enforcement. 

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