CHINA Death toll from Xiangshui chemical plant blast rises to 78

CHINA

Death toll from Xiangshui chemical plant blast rises to 78

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16:53, March 25, 2019

The death toll from the explosion at a chemical plant in Xiangshui last Thursday rose to 78, with 56 of them having been identified, Cao Baolu, the mayor of Xiangshui, said at a press conference on Monday.

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25 of the 28 who remain unaccounted for have been confirmed dead by DNA identification technology, and the other three were unharmed, according to Cao.

The State Council has ordered a national investigation into the potential hazards of dangerous chemicals and safety assessments on all chemical industry parks in the country.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 p.m. Thursday following a fire that broke out in a plant owned by Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. Ltd., in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui County in Yancheng.

(Compiled by Qiao Wai)

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