#AceNewsReport – Mar.22: China’s earthquake administration reported a tremor equivalent to 2.2-magnitude at the time of the blast: The death toll makes it one of the country’s worst industrial accidents in recent years: The blast happened at about 14:50 local time (06:50 GMT) on Thursday at a plant in Yancheng, run by Tianjiayi Chemical: Firemen work following an explosion at a chemical plant in Yancheng in China’s eastern Jiangsu province early on March 22, 2019: National broadcaster CCTV aired dramatic surveillance and cell phone videos of windows blown out in nearby buildings at the time of blast, with witnesses telling reporters the impact could be felt as far as 5 kilometers (3 miles) away and others saying they suffered cuts from broken glass: Several schools are situated near to the chemical plant, Tianjiayi, including a kindergarten less than a mile away, state media reported, prompting concern and anger on Chinese social media.
This photo taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising following an explosion at a chemical plant in Yancheng in China’s eastern Jiangsu province.
State media reported the chemical that caused the explosion was benzene, a highly flammable and toxic compound classified as a carcinogen, adding that the pesticide factory failed a government safety inspection last year: Local environmental officials, who set up monitoring devices throughout the industrial park and nearby areas after the blast, said Thursday that heavy wind had created favourable condition for toxic air to dissipate: The authorities have detained “relevant personnel connected to the accident,” according to state media.
According to Xinhua, a total of 640 people were sent to hospital. Many were in critical condition and dozens had severe injuries, the agency reports: Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday demanded all-out efforts to search and rescue victims after an industrial park explosion in east China’s Jiangsu Province killed 47 and seriously injured 90: Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the instructions on his tour of overseas visits.
Xi said all-out efforts must be made to search those trapped, and the injured must be timely treated and relief work must be well done to maintain social stability: Meanwhile, environment monitoring and early warning should be strengthened to prevent environmental pollution as well as secondary disasters.
The explosion happened at about 2:48 p.m. Thursday following a fire that broke out in a chemical factory located in an industrial park in Xiangshui County of Yancheng City, according to local authorities: The explosion has affected 16 surrounding enterprises. Open fire has been put out and air pollution indexes are within the allowed range.
Xi ordered that the causes of the accident must be identified as early as possible and that authoritative information should be timely released: As major safety accidents had successively happened in different places recently, Xi instructed local governments and relevant departments to learn the lesson hard, tighten safety hazard check, seriously implement the accountability system for workplace safety, so as to ward off major and severe safety accidents and ensure the safety of people’s lives and property.
Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, required that efforts must be made to minimise the casualties while forceful measures on hazard control must be taken to prevent secondary accidents: The ministries of emergency management and ecology and environment have both sent work teams to the site: A state-level medical expert squad comprising intensive care, burn, trauma and neurosurgery specialists and psychological intervention experts were on their way to Xiangshui.
The exact cause of Thursday’s explosion is still under investigation: Tianjiayi Chemical, founded in 2007, has received six government penalties in the past over waste management and air pollution, according to the South China Morning Post.
President Xi Jinping has called for an “all-out effort” to aid the injured and said authorities must learn lessons from the blast prevent future accidents.
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: March.22: 2019:
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