At least 15 dead after explosion at gas plant in China
22 July 2019
An explosion at a gas factory in central China has killed at least 15 and seriously injured a further 15. The blast on July 19 took place in the air separation unit of a gas plant at Yima, Henan Province, according to the state news agency Xinhua.
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An undisclosed number of people also have less serious injuries. All production at the plant, owned by the Henan Coal Gas Group, has been suspended.
The force of the explosion caused severe damage up to 300 metres away from the core blast site and windows were shattered three kilometres away.
A total of 46 fire trucks and over 200 firefighters were deployed. Medical experts also arrived from the provincial capital Zhengzhou to treat the critically injured victims.
According to news website ChinaDaily, the Yima factory was the first provincial-level company in Henan Province to implement a double prevention system for safety production risks.
Industrial accidents are not uncommon in China due to poorly enforced safety regulations. In April, Chinese authorities said special experts will be designated to help govern the hazardous chemical industry in key areas, while speeding up efforts to move plants out of densely populated areas following a number of deadly explosions in recent years.
In March, a blast at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co claimed the lives of 78 and injured more than 600 while more recently six people were killed in an explosion at a biotech plant in central China on June 26.