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Death Toll From Chemical Plant Blast in China Climbs to 64 People, 28 Missing

© REUTERS / Aly SongSmoke billows from the pesticide plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical following an explosion, in Xiangshui county, Yancheng, Jiangsu province, China March 22, 2019.
Smoke billows from the pesticide plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical following an explosion, in Xiangshui county, Yancheng, Jiangsu province, China March 22, 2019. - Sputnik International
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BEIJING (Sputnik) – The number of people killed in a powerful blast at a chemical plant in the city of Yancheng, located in China's eastern Jiangsu province, rose to 64, while 28 people are believed to be missing after the incident, the city mayor said on Saturday.

"As of 07:00 a. m. on Saturday [23:00 GMT on Friday], 64 people have died as a result of a blast at a chemical plant in the Jiangsu province. We have managed to identify 26 of them," Cao Lubao told reporters.

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Death Toll from Chemical Plant Blast in China Climbs to 44
The mayor added that 617 people had asked for medical assistance after the incident, including 523 people who had sustained various injuries due to the blast. Cao noted that 143 people were still receiving medical treatment on Saturday.

READ MORE: At Least 6 Killed, 12 Injured in Blast at Chemical Plant in East China (VIDEO)

The powerful blast hit the facility on Thursday, leading to multiple casualties and the evacuation of thousands of people from the area.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has told Sputnik it had no data on whether there were foreign nationals among those affected by the blast.

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