Chinese factory managers hush up death of 14 people in gas blast
The death toll in a gas explosion at an iron and steel plant in northern China has risen to 21, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
The plant management admitted that it had hushed up the deaths of 14 of the victims.
On Tuesday, seven were reported dead and nine injured, DPA reported.
The accident at Hebei Puyang Iron and Steel in Wu'an in Heibei province happened when gas escaped from a pipe as work was being carried out on a furnace.
Five employees were killed in another explosion caused by a gas leak at a chemicals firm in Lanzhou in Gansu province in north-west China on Thursday. One other person was missing, Xinhua reported citing the police.
Some 300 firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze. Houses just 500 metres away were not damaged but the smoke was highly toxic.
The chemical factory in Lanzhou belongs to the China National Petroleum Corporation.