Death toll rises to 22 in central China power plant blast

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Medical staff receive an injured person transferred from Dangyang in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Aug. 13, 2016. [Xinhua]

The death toll from a power plant explosion in central China's Hubei Province has risen to 22, the State Administration of Work Safety said Saturday.

The blast occurred at Madian Gangue Power Generation Co. Ltd. in Dangyang City around 3:20 p.m. on Thursday. Preliminary probes showed it was caused by a broken high-pressure steam pipe when workers were testing thermo-power facilities.

The plant and neighboring companies have been closed and a work safety overhaul has been launched in the city.

The administration has sent a work group to oversee the operation and conduct an investigation.

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