19 die in Chinese chemical plant blast
AN EXPLOSION at a chemical plant in China has killed 19 people and injured 12, authorities said, in the latest deadly industrial incident in the world’s largest producer of chemicals.
It comes amid a drive to strengthen industrial safety, with China ramping up checks over the last year after some high-profile incidents at coal mines and chemical plants.
The cause of Thursday’s blast at Yibin Hengda Technology, which makes chemicals for the food and pharmaceutical industries, is not yet known.
The injured are in a stable condition and an investigation has begun. – Reuters