Death toll in China chemical explosion rises to 78

BEIJING: The death toll from a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 78 yesterday, with hundreds still receiving medical treatment four days after one of the country’s worst industrial accidents.

Thursday’s explosion in Yancheng city, eastern Jiangsu province razed an industrial park and blew out the windows of surrounding homes.

More than 500 people are still in hospital, said local authorities on their official Twitter-like Weibo account.

Among them, 13 are critically injured and 66 are seriously injured, the statement said. – AFP