At least 44 killed in China’s chemical plant explosion

The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 44, with another 90 people seriously injured, the local government reported Friday.

Thursday's blast at the Tianjiayi Chemical plant in the city of Yancheng was one of China's worst industrial accidents in years. Nearly 1,000 area residents had been moved to safety as of Friday as a precaution against leaks and additional explosions, the city government said in a statement. 3,500 medical workers at 16 hospitals have been mobilized to treat the injured, dozens of whom are in critical condition.The cause of the blast is under investigation.