New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: At least six people were killed while several others suffered burn injuries in an explosion that took place at a thermal power plant in Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore district on Wednesday, reported news agency ANI. 

The explosion took place in the boiler of the central government-owned NLC India Limited (formerly known as Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited), which is located about 180 km from Chennai. 

The mishap occurred at the fifth unit of the thermal power station-II (210 MW x 7) when workers were in the process of resuming operations this morning. All the injured have been taken to NLC lignite hospital. 

As per reports, the plant was not functional and an investigation has been launched into the incident. 

In a tweet, Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the deaths. "Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a blast at Neyveli power plant boiler in Tamil Nadu. Have spoken to  @CMOTamilNadu and assured all possible help. @CISFHQrs is already on the spot to assist the relief work. Praying for the earliest recovery of those injured," he wrote.

This is the second explosion at the plant in the last two months. In May, eight workers suffered burn injuries in a boiler blast. 

Thirteen people have lost their lives in the last two months in accidents at chemical plants. 

In May this year, an accidental leakage of styrene gas at Korean company LG Polymers’ Visakhapatnam plant left at least 11 persons, including a child, dead. Another 1,000 people were reported sick at the time of filing of this report.

The plant had been shut for 40 days due to the nationwide lockdown in force to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The leakage is believed to have taken place when the plant’s employees were preparing to reopen it following some recent relaxations announced by the government.

On Monday, two people were killed and four were hospitalised after gas leaked at the Visakhapatnam unit of the firm Sainor Life Sciences.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta