The Pendleton Panther

Power Plant Accident Kills at Least 36

Posted on: September 28, 2009

Power plant accidentIn New Delhi on Wednesday September 23rd, 2009, a chimney that was under construction at a power plant in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh collapsed.  The chimney was 250 meters tall and was located at a 1,200 mega watt thermal power plant that is owned by Bharat Aluminum Co.  At least 36 people were killed from the falling chimney and 7 were injured.  Officials say that the chimney collapsed because of a combination of heavy storms, lightning, and poor construction.  The senior-most government officer in Korba said that 36 dead bodies were found at the site on Thursday evening.  36 were found dead but over 100 workers are still missing in the huge masses of rubble left behind from the chimney.  The seven workers that were rescued, are currently receiving help and treatment at a local hospital.  The state government recently announced that they will be paying 10,000 rupees, ($2,090) to the families of every worker who died in the accident.

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