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Water Pollution Fears After China Chemical Plant Explosion


The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China last week has risen to 78, of whom 56 have been identified. The State Council’s Work Safety Committee, headed by Vice-Premier Liu He told government departments to ensure safety in other industries, including coal mining, road transport and construction. Search and rescue efforts were continuing and emergency workers were expanding efforts to contain pollution from the explosions. Cao Lubao, mayor of the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province said teams were gathering debris from the blast and trying to mop up water used by firefighters to battle the blaze.