Page last updated at 12:43 GMT, Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Seventeen die from China gas leak


A gas leak at a steel plant in the Chinese city of Zunhua has killed 17 people, according to state media.

Two workers died instantly when gas escaped from a blast furnace at the factory, about 93 miles (150km) east of the capital, Beijing.

The other 15 died later in hospital, while more than 20 others have also been seriously injured by the incident.

The furnace has now been closed and local authorities say they are investigating the cause of the leak.

A special medical team has been despatched to help the survivors.

A spokesman for the municipal government of Tangshan, which administers Zunhua, told Xinhua news agency that the victims were believed to have been poisoned by carbon monoxide emanating from the blast furnace.

Print Sponsor

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific