Raebareli, Nov 1: At least 15 people were killed and over 100 were injured in a blast in NTPC’s Unchahar Plant in Raebareli. The district magistrate said that the ash-pipe exploded due to pressure in the boiler room.

Following the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh for the deceased and  Rs 50,000 for those who were severely injured in the boiler blast. The UP government also announced Rs. 25,000 for people with minor injuries.

A team of 32 NDRF personnel have been deployed from Lucknow to assist in the rescue work, reports claimed.

According to initial reports, there were at least 150 workers in the area when the mishap took place. The blast occurred in the sixth unit of the NTPC plant.

All injured persons were taken to the district hospital, initial reports claimed. According to National Disaster Management Authority India, all injured persons have been shifted to various hospitals after getting first-aid at Jeevan Jyoti Hospital.