Death toll rises to 64 in China chemical plant explosion

Baku, March 23, AZERTAC

The death toll from an explosion in a chemical plant in east China's Jiangsu Province has risen to 64, authorities said, according to Xinhua.

One person was rescued alive on Saturday morning thanks to an around-the-clock search, about one and a half days after the devastating blast. But 28 people are still unaccounted for, Cao Lubao, mayor of the city of Yancheng, said at a press conference.

The blast also left 94 people with severe injuries, including 21 in critical conditions.

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 the city of Yancheng.

Thousands of firefighters and medical workers and hundreds of ambulances and fire trucks have joined an all-out rescue after the explosion.

A total of 89 houses in nearby areas were severely damaged in the blast. The households will be compensated or relocated, authorities said.

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