Authorities said all those injured within the Neyveli boiler blast had been moved to the hospital and investigation was underway because the plant wasn’t functional.
At least six people were killed and a number of other injured during a boiler blast at the Neyveli lignite plant in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district on Wednesday.
Authorities said all those injured had been moved to the hospital and investigation was underway because the plant wasn’t functional.
This is the second blast at the facility plant in three months, with eight people being injured within the last accident.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami expressed grief over the deaths and announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to the bereaved families. He also announced Rs 1 lakh each for the severely injured workers and Rs 50,000 each to the opposite injured.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured all possible help to the government. Expressing anguish over the loss of lives, he said CISF personnel were on the spot to help with the relief work.
The incident comes close on the heels of a chemical disaster in Visakhapatnam late on Monday night during which a minimum of two people was killed and 4 took ill after benzimidazole gas leaked at Sailor Life Sciences in Parawada Pharma City.
This was the second incident within the district in two months. a serious gas leak occurred in LG Polymers factory on May 7 causing the death of a minimum of 12 people and various cattle. One similar gas leak (in a factory in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh) and one boiler blast (Neyveli, Tamil Nadu) followed. While these events were being investigated, on May 22, Pune saw a serious fire escape during a chemical factory.
The incidents come amid the Centre’s efforts to ease the restrictions induced by the coronavirus lockdown albeit India has seen a uniform spike in cases.