Death toll rises to 64 in chem­i­cal plant blast in China

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

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.

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