Steel factory gas leak kills 10, injures 7 in eastern China

(STR, AFP)
(STR, AFP)

Beijing - A gas leak at a steel parts factory in eastern China has killed 10 people and left seven others hospitalised with poisoning.

The Zouping County government says on its official microblog the leak occurred late on Saturday and poisoned 17 people, five of whom died immediately. It says five more died early on Sunday, and the cause of the leak is under investigation.

Satellite images show the factory next to warehouses and low-rise residential homes in a village about 60km east of Jinan, the Shandong provincial capital.

The deadly leak is the latest industrial accident in China, where authorities are under pressure to improve work safety after a huge chemical blast in Tianjin killed at least 140 people and left a swath of the port city in smoldering ruins.

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