Authorities are investigating the cause of a power plant explosion in India which left at least 26 people dead and injured more than 100 others.
The blast occurred at a coal-fired power plant run by the government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Among those injured, 22 with severe burn injuries have been sent to the state capital Lucknow for treatment, while 15 are in another hospital within the district, Uttar Pradesh police said.
More than 80 others suffered injuries in the explosion. Police expect the death toll to rise further.
The company said that there had been a "sudden abnormal sound" followed by a gas leak and explosion.
The explosion occurred on the afternoon of November 1 at the newly-commissioned 500-megawatt unit of the plant, releasing gases and steam, India's biggest electricity producer said in an emailed statements. "This two-member technical team will submit findings within seven days", Khatri said.
The power plant has been operating for the past 30 years. Rescue operations are underway in close coordination with the district administration. One of the injured workers told, "The engineers alert the workers before opening the boiler's gate, this is a routine process, but today (Wednesday) we do not get alerted".
NTPC said the 1,550-MW plant, which is named for Feroze Gandhi, husband of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, began commercial operation in 1988, with five units generating 210 MW each.
Broadcaster NDTV reported that a boiler pipe explosion led to a massive fire and a large dust cloud that hampered rescue efforts.