Death toll rises to 64 in chemical plant blast in China
BEIJING — The death toll from an explosion that ripped through a chemical plant in the eastern province of Jiangsu rose to 64 Saturday, state media said, as local authorities continue searching for survivors.
The blast Thursday at the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co., in Chenjiagang, was the latest reminder of continued industrial risks in China, which has seen several large factory explosions in recent years. The latest incident left 94 people with severe injuries and 28 people were still unaccounted for, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the local government.
A cause has yet to be determined and local authorities were working to prevent chemical leaks, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Police have taken people into custody over the incident, according to the statement.