President of China Xi Jinping has placed an order on Friday to prevent any more industrial disasters after a chemical plant blast left 47 people dead, and over a hundred people injured.
The Explosion which occurred on Thursday in the eastern city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province was one of the worst industrial disasters to hit China, with Xi acknowledging that the country has seen a rash of major accidents in recent years.
Xi who is on a state visit to Italy urged “all-out efforts” to rescue those trapped and to identify the cause of the accident “as early as possible”, according to the official news agency Xinhua.
The State Council, China’s cabinet, has established a team to investigate the explosion, with State Councilor Wang Yong headed to the scene to lead rescue and response efforts, state media said.
The explosion toppled several buildings in the industrial park and caused a huge fire that raged through the night, while rescuers scrambled to find survivors in the wreckage of the plant owned by a company with a chequered past.
More than 600 people have received medical treatment following the blast, according to the city government.
Among them, at least 90 are seriously injured. Hundreds of rescuers have been dispatched to the scene, local authorities said, and some 4,000 people have been evacuated from the blast site.