The death toll in a huge blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 44, with 640 injured, according to figures given by the state news agency Xinhua, reported the BBC.
The explosion, which was caused by a fire, occurred at Tianjiayi Chemical on Thursday afternoon in Yancheng city. China’s earthquake administration reported a tremor equivalent to 2.2-magnitude at the time of the blast.
Some 32 of the 640 people sent to hospital are in a critical condition while 58 of them have severe injuries. The death toll makes it one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years.
The fire was reported to have been brought under control at around 03:00 local time on Friday.