China chemical plant explosioni

Dozens were killed and hundreds more injured in an explosion at the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical plant at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park in Yancheng, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province on March 21, 2019. The explosion was so powerful that the China Earthquake Administration reported it had detected a magnitude 2.2 earthquake believed to be from the blast.

  • At least 25 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a gas pipe exploded in a market in Shiyan in central Hubei province
  • Xi Jinping has ordered local government leaders to launch thorough inspections of chemical storage facilities and oil and gas pipe networks

Authorities in Yancheng city act after country’s deadliest industrial accident in four years. Move comes as provincial government pledges to overhaul local industry.

Engineer alleges the park was set up without a proper planning process and accuses local authorities of turning a blind eye to the safety risks after taking bribes, official newspaper reports.

Local residents say they took the risk of staying there because they relied on the factories for work, while investigators criticise authorities and company bosses for failing to rectify safety problems.

An explosion in eastern China rocked chemical sector stocks on Friday, with shares of companies where employees were killed and production shut down sinking. Major dye producers soared on expectations that dye prices could spike because of tightened supply of a chemical compound.

Hospital emergency wards filled with injured workers, residents and anxious families, as survivors and witnesses tell of the destruction caused by Thursday’s blast at chemical plant in Jiangsu.