China: 31 killed, 31 injured in chemical factory explosion[/ltr]
[ltr][rtl]Date of release: 2018/7/13 10:16[/rtl] • [rtl]221 times read[/rtl][/ltr]
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An explosion at a chemical plant in China killed 19 people and injured 12 in a new accident in a series of industrial accidents in the world's largest chemical producer.
The government of southwest China's Sichuan Province said it was not yet clear what caused the accident last night at the Ying Hingda Technology Factory in the industrial zone to the southeast of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan.
China's Xinhua news agency said the injured were in stable condition and an investigation had begun.
Photos on China's social networking sites showed a great fire and flame tongues rising from the factory.
China began measures to improve safety in the industry and intensified inspections last year after a series of accidents in coal mines and chemical plants.
In 2015, an explosion at a chemical store in the northern city of Tianjin killed 165 people.
Another explosion at a petrochemical plant in Shandong last year killed eight people and injured nine.