Mexico refinery explosion death toll rises to 24

The death toll in an explosion at a petrochemicals plant in eastern Mexico has risen to 24, the newspaper El Universal reported Thursday citing the government and industry sources.

More than 100 people were injured in the blast in the city Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz state, Luis Felipe Puente from the civil protection agency said earlier.

According to El Universal, 19 people are still in hospital, 13 of whom have serious injuries.

The explosion occurred at a site of PMV, a company jointly owned by PEMEX and petrochemical company Mexichem. The facility produces vinyl chloride, a main ingredient of plastic pipes.

The cause of the incident was not immediately known.

Last update: Fri, 22/04/2016 - 12:05
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