Yancheng explosion

Updated: 3/23/2019 5:02:26 AM
A massive explosion tore apart a chemical plant in eastern China on Thursday afternoon, killing at least 62 people and releasing toxic chemicals into the environment. Some 640 people at the plant as well as in 16 surrounding factories, homes and schools in the area were injured, with 90 of them in serious condition.
Source: DORRIS

Published Friday, March 22, 2019

The chemical plant blast in China's Jiangsu province on Thursday, which packed the force of a minor earthquake, has killed at least 47 people, left 32 in a critical condition and seriously injured 58, according to the local authority.

The Ministry of Emergency Management said 88 people had been rescued from the scene.

Injured people were streaming into the emergency ward at Xiangshui People's Hospital - one of the largest hospitals in Xiangshui county, about 300 km north of Shanghai - in the early hours of Friday.

The chemical plant blast in China's Jiangsu province on Thursday, which packed the force of a minor earthquake, has killed at least 47 people, left 32 in a critical condition and seriously injured 58, according to the local authority.

The Ministry of Emergency Management said 88 people had been rescued from the scene.

Injured people were streaming into the emergency ward at Xiangshui People's Hospital - one of the largest hospitals in Xiangshui county, about 300 km north of Shanghai - in the early hours of Friday.

A man who was pulled from the rubble on Thursday night was shown calling his family immediately afterwards in a video clip by Xinhua.

"I am out. Firefighters rescued me. I am fine, just some minor injuries," the man said, gasping.

China Central Television reported that the blaze had been contained, but drone video images from Thepaper.cn showed the fire was still visible amid heavy black and orange smoke.

The plant had been flattened and reduced to rubble, with only part of the workshop frame still standing.

A survivor who was standing by the roadside 1.5 km from the factory said the impact blew him and two of his friends into the air and rolled them over several times before they fell to the ground. The car they were standing by was damaged severely, with a collapsed roof and broken windows, but they had no choice but to use it to drive to hospital.

Workers at the Henglida Chemical Factory, 3 km from the blast, said its windows and doors were blown out.

Its roof collapsed as they tried to escape, and causing head injuries. Residents from Yancheng and nearby cities queued past midnight to donate blood.
Source: DORRIS