Sixty Four people have been killed, 34 seriously injured and 28 missing in an explosion at an insecticide factory in the eastern Jiangsu province, state media said on Friday, the latest casualties in a series of industrial accidents that have angered public opinion.
The explosion took place Thursday in the industrial park of Yancheng city, north of Shanghai, and the fire was brought under control at 3:00 a.m. (1900 GMT).
The media reported earlier that the survivors of the explosion were transferred to 16 hospitals, noting that 640 people are being treated for injuries.
The fire at the factory owned by Tianjin Chemical Company was spread to nearby factories. Media said children in a nursery in the vicinity of the explosion were also injured.
The cause of the blast is under investigation. But the company, which produces more than 30 chemical compounds, some of which are flammable, have already been monitored by the authorities for violating safety standards and have been fined, according to the Chinese media outlets.