Death toll in China power plant accident climbs to 74

By REUTERS
November 25, 2016 05:06

 
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BEIJING - The death toll in the collapse of a platform under construction at a power plant in eastern China has rise to 74, with two others injured, as China's chief safety inspector arrived to oversee an investigation, state media said on Friday.

Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, where anger over lax standards is growing. Three decades of swift economic growth have been marred by incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.

The accident happened on Thursday morning in Fengcheng, in Jiangxi province, during work on a cooling tower for the coal-fired power plant.

State news agency Xinhua said 68 of the 74 dead have been identified so far, with victims ranging in age from 23 to 53.

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