75 dead after dust explosion rips through East China factory

Source:Globaltimes.cn Published: 2014-08-04 13:16:50

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Death toll of factory blast in E. China rises to 75
The death toll from a factory blast in East China's Jiangsu Province rose to 75 on Monday as a senior official in charge of the country's work safety said "very serious dereliction of duty" was behind the accident.

Factory blast in East China kills at least 69

A huge explosion at a factory in the city of Kunshan, in East China’s Jiangsu Province has killed at least 69 people and injured 187 others.

Xi demands all-out efforts to treat blast survivors
Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered all-out efforts to treat the injured and comfort the families of the dead after a factory blast on Saturday.

              Explosion Details

Time and  location
7:37 am, August 2, 2014/Kunshan, Jiangsu Province
●The explosion was officially deemed a work-related accident.
●The blast was likely caused by flames igniting dust inside the workshop.
●75 people dead, more than 180 injured (264 at the site when the explosion occurred)
●44 died at the scene, 31 died in hospital. At least 137 wounded have been transferred to hospitals in nearby cities of Suzhou, Shanghai, Wuxi and Nantong.
●An employee at the Kunshan Hospital said most of those injured suffered from severe burns and respiratory issues.
●“The mortality rate among those injured may become high in the near future,” said Zhang Qin, director from Shanghai Ruijin Hospital.
Official reactions
●President Xi Jinping has ordered all-out efforts to treat the injured and comfort the families of the dead after the factory blast.
●Premier Li Keqiang has ordered safety checks to avoid similar tragedies from happening again.
●State councilor Wang Yong led a State Council work team to Kunshan to investigate the accident.
●The Supreme People's Procuratorate sent officials to the scene to probe into possible crimes of dereliction of duty.
About Zhongrong
●Five company heads responsible for factory operations have been detained by police.
●Established in 1998, the Taiwanese-invested Zhongrong Metal Products Company has 450 employees and specializes in aluminum processing.
●Safety rules were poorly enforced, according to a worker at the company. "Checks are usual, but after the checks, no one's really following any safety rules," a worker told Xinhua.
●Some employees from the company said a fire once broke out in a factory duster two months ago.
●Local residents told reporters from the Beijing Times that the company has serious pollution and work safety issues.

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