640 people being treated for injuries at 16 hospitals, says state media.
An explosion at a chemical plant in China has killed 47 people and injured more than 600 others, Chinese state media said on Friday.
The blast occurred shortly before 3pm local time on Thursday at Tianjiayi Chemical Company factory in Yancheng in Jiangsu province.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but the company – which produces more than 30 organic chemical compounds, some of which are highly flammable – has been cited and fined for work safety violations in the past, according to the China Daily.
President Xi Jinping, who is in Italy on a state visit, said the authorities must step up action to prevent such incidents from happening and find out the cause of the blast as quickly as possible, state television reported.
The Jiangsu environmental protection bureau said a monitoring station in the area had found no abnormal concentrations of toluene, xylene or benzene.
The notice, published on the news website of Jiangsu province’s Communist Party, said the government would shut down any chemical firms found not complying with regulations on dangerous chemicals.
Public anger over safety standards has grown in China over industrial accidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.