Nearly 50 Dead in Explosion at Chinese Chemical Plant
Aerial view of the explosion site of a chemical factory on March 22 in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province of China. Caixin Media / VCG / Getty Images)
At least 47 people have died in an explosion at a plant in Yancheng, China Thursday run by a chemical company with a history of environmental violations, Sky News reported.
The blast forced more than 3,000 people to evacuate the area, AFP reported. More than 600 are injured and 90 are in the hospital with serious injuries following one of the country’s worst industrial disasters in recent years. The blast from the explosion was so strong that it caused a minor earthquake and felled nearby factory buildings, trapping workers. It also blew out windows in houses around three miles away, according to Sky.
A 60-year-old woman with the last name Xiang told AFP that she had long been worried about the safety of the plant.
“We knew we’d be blown up one day,” she said.
#China chemical plant explosion death toll reaches 47, with 90 injured https://t.co/KVJNqv0bG2 pic.twitter.com/vw5fKTCZjh
— South China Morning Post (@SCMPNews) March 22, 2019