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44 dead after blast rocks industrial park in China

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44 dead after blast rocks industrial park in China
13 Aug 2015, Tianjin, Tianjin Municipality, China --- (150813) -- TIANJIN, Aug. 13, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken from a high place on Aug. 13, 2015 shows the site of huge explosions in Binhai New Area in Tianjin, north China. The blast, which occurred at a warehouse in the north China port city on Wednesday night, has killed 17 people and injured more than 400 as of Thursday morning, according to rescuers. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei) (lfj) --- Image by © Yue Yuewei/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Nanjing: Death toll has risen to 44 and 90 others were seriously injured after an explosion ripped through an industrial park on Thursday afternoon in Yancheng, east China’s Jiangsu Province, the rescue headquarters said on Friday.

A total of 640 people are receiving medical treatment in hospitals. Among them, 32 are still in critical conditions and 58 others sustained severe injuries, according to the rescue headquarters.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 p.m. on Thursday, following a fire that broke out in a factory located in a chemical industrial park, Xinhua reported.

Workers were trapped after buildings were knocked down by the shockwave, which also shattered windows of nearby residential houses. Witnesses said many workers were seen running out of the factory covered in blood after the blast.

The Ministry of Emergency Management has dispatched a team of experts to the site and urged all-out efforts in the rescue.



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