The death toll from the explosion at the factory of a General Motors supplier near Shanghai rose to 75, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
A further 185 people were hurt at the Saturday explosion at a factory owned by Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co., Xinhua said today, without citing anyone. It earlier said the incident killed 71 people and injured 186. The city of Suzhou, of which the Kunshan area is a part, ordered companies that have metal powder as a byproduct to halt production.
The incident, China’s deadliest industrial disaster of the year, underscores calls by Premier Li Keqiang for safety improvements at industrial facilities in China. The blast reflected a “very serious dereliction of duty,” the Xinhua report cited Yang Dongliang, director of the State Administration of Work Safety, as saying.