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Fire, explosion deaths surge in Vietnam in 2016

03 January 2017

The Vietnamese Fire Prevention and Fight Department said a total of 3,256 fires and explosions were recorded across Vietnam over 2016, killing 135 people and injuring 278. Losses caused by these fires and explosions came to 1,474 billion Vietnamese dong (66.1 million US dollars) the organisation said, in a report picked up and disseminated by Xinhua.

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In 2015, the Southeast Asian country suffered 2,866 fires and explosions, which left 94 people dead and 294 others injured, and caused losses of nearly 905 billion Vietnamese dong (40.6 million dollars).

Last month alone, 384 fires and explosions occurred nationwide, claiming 20 lives and injuring 20 people, while leaving losses of 261 billion Vietnamese dong (11.7 million dollars).

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