Chinese authorities have announced the definitive closure of the Xiangshui chemical industrial estate in the east of the country, where an explosion caused the death of 78 people and left several hundred injured on March 21, the state news agency Xinhua reported today. .
According to the source, 187 people remain hospitalized as a result of the fatal accident in the aforementioned industrial complex, which had a questionable safety record.
Xinhua said three employees of the company that owns the plant where the blast occurred, Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, remain under arrest for their alleged responsibility for the accident.
According to the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, the owner of the plant where the fire that caused the explosion originated received six administrative sanctions for violating waste management legislation, environmental impact and air pollution.
Accidents are frequent in the Chinese industrial sector, where, despite new initiatives, regulations remain lax.
On March 31, at least 7 people were killed by an explosion in a factory in the eastern province of Jiangsu, while on November 28 an explosion occurred near a chemical plant in the city of Zhangjiakou (a hundred kilometers away). northwest of Beijing) left at least 22 dead and an equal number of wounded.
In 2015, the northern city of Tianjin was the protagonist of one of the most tragic incidents in recent years, which killed at least 170 people after an explosion in a container terminal in the port of the city.