05:31 GMT04 July 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Just a few months ago, the Neyveli Lignite Corporation's plant in Cuddalore in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu reported another blast, which left eight workers injured.

    At least five people are reportedly dead and 17 have sustained injuries in a boiler blast at the Neyveli Thermal Power Station in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The blast occurred in Unit 5 of Plant 2.

    Contract workers and permanent staff were active at the 210 MW unit at the time of the blast. The death toll is feared to be set to rise as many are still trapped inside.

    The Neyveli Lignite Corporation has its own fire-fighting teams, which rushed to the site following the blast.

    Rescue teams from the Cuddalore district administration also reached the spot to assess the situation. The cause of the blast is under investigation.

    News daily Indian Express quoted activist Nityanand Jayaraman as saying that the five people who were killed were contract workers. He said this is the second blast to have occurred at the factory since the lockdown was imposed in March.

    On 7 May, a blast at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation's plant in Cuddalore left eight workers injured. In India, 70% of electricity is generated by thermal power plants.

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