• CHINA PLANT BLAST DEAD REACH 69

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    SHANGHAI: The death toll from an explosion at a Taiwan-invested car parts factory in China reached 69 on Sunday, state media said, as a labor rights group cast doubt on its safety measures. The blast on Saturday in a wheel hub polishing workshop at the Zhongrong Metal Products Co. in Kunshan, near Shanghai, also left nearly 200 injured, state television said, many with severe burns. The force of the explosion caused metal siding on the factory building to peel back, AFP journalists saw, while state television showed wheel hubs sitting amid broken machinery. Kunshan’s mayor Lu Jun on Saturday classified the incident as a “severe” industrial accident, which a preliminary investigation showed it was caused by the ignition of powder or dust from the production process.

    AFP

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