At least 12 die in India thermal power plant explosion

At least 100 people have suffered injuries after an ash-pipe exploded at the National Thermal Power Corporation's plant in Raebareli

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and horror at the bad tragedy in Raebareli", it said.

At least 16 people died and 80 people were injured in the explosion, state police said.

It also was not clear how many workers were in the plant at the time.

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

The Raebareli District magistrate subsequently confirmed to news agency ANI: "An ash-pipe exploded due to pressure at the NTPC plant in Raebareli".

The plant has now been shut down and a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has also been sent to help in the rescue effort. Rae Bareli is the electoral district of Sonia Gandhi, president of the Congress Party, who lamented the accident and promised aid to the victims.

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Sources in the hospital at Raebareli and Lucknow, where the injured were rushed, said that many labourers are in a critical condition.

Mr Khatri said the cause of the incident was not immediately known.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is now on a three-day visit to Mauritius, has directed the state's officials to send all possible help to the victims.

The Uttar Pradesh government announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased.

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

NTPC's Unchahar plant is a coal-based power station that provides power to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttranchal.

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