Death toll rises to 15 after China gas plant blast Jul 21, 2019 0 426 12345 AFPBeijingThe death toll from a huge explosion that rocked a gas plant in central China has risen to 15, state media said Saturday.Friday’s blast at the Henan Coal Gas Group factory left another 15 people seriously wounded and more with light injuries, said the state-run People’s Daily.The blast shattered windows and doors of buildings in a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) radius.It occurred in the air separation unit of Henan Coal’s factory, state broadcaster CCTV said, with the official Xinhua news agency saying a device in the factory exploded at 5:45 pm on Friday.All production at the plant has been stopped. More than 270 rescuers were on the scene, Xinhua said, citing the emergency management ministry.“Many windows and doors within a three-kilometre radius were shattered, and some interior doors were also blown out by the blast,” CCTV said on its Twitter-like Weibo social media account.Local media showed amateur videos of a massive column of black smoke billowing from the factory and debris littering the roads.Other images showed the doors and windows of homes blown out and shuttered shops with dented metal fronts. A bloodied man was seen being helped out of a van in a video posted on social media.AFP could not immediately verify the authenticity of the footage.Deadly industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced. In March, a blast at a chemical plant in eastern Jiangsu province killed 78 people and injured hundreds.The powerful explosion in the eastern city of Yancheng toppled several buildings in the industrial park, blew out windows of nearby homes and even dented metal garage doors. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES At least 17 killed in Ethiopia during Sidama autonomy unrest Jul 21, 2019 0 1223 Thousands stage rally for police as HK faces more mass protests Jul 21, 2019 0 179 Iran says it seized tanker after collision, Britian calls move a ‘hostile act’ Jul 21, 2019 0 217 Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consul AFP Arbil, Iraq Iraqi Kurdish authorities announced Saturday they had arrested two suspects involved in the murder of three people, including a Turkish diplomat, in the regional capital Arbil this week. The autonomous .. Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed on stage in China Reuters SHANGHAI An unknown assailant stabbed Hong Kong actor Simon Yam on Saturday during a promotional event in mainland China but Yam’s injuries were not life-threatening, Chinese state media reported. A video was .. Saudi Arabia to host US troops amid rising Iran tensions Reuters RIYADH Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved hosting US forces in the country to boost regional security and stability, the state news agency SPA reported on Friday. The US Defense Department confirmed the move in .. Saudi-led alliance hits rebel targets in Sana’a dpa Sana’a Powerful explosions on Saturday rocked Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sana’a as a result of a string of airstrikes by the Saudi-led alliance. The bombing followed the start of a military operation by the ..