A factory fire kills 36 in the center of the country

A factory fire has engulfed central China. The tragedy left at least 36 dead and two missing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local authorities.

The disaster took place “Monday afternoon in a factory in the city of Anyang, in the central province of Henan”, specified the official Chinese agency, without giving further details.

Frequent accidents

Industrial accidents are common in China, often caused by poor compliance with safety rules. In March 2019, the explosion of a chemical factory in Yancheng, a city located 260 kilometers north of Shanghai, caused the death of 78 people and devastated homes for several kilometers around.

But one of the most serious industrial accidents is the one that occurred in 2015 in Tianjin (north). A gigantic explosion in a chemical warehouse had killed at least 165 people in this large port city located 120 kilometers southeast of Beijing.

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