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29 officials punished for under-reported fatal explosion in China

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A total of 29 officials, were on Tuesday punished as the death toll in a factory blast was intentionally underreported in central China’s Hunan Province, local authorities said.

The explosion happened on Dec. 4, at a workshop of a fireworks company in Chengtanjiang Township in the city of Liuyang.

The initially-released death toll was seven, but the provincial authorities later confirmed 13 people dead in the accident.

However, China recorded an economic loss of 19.45 million yuan (or 2.8 million U.S. dollars) as a result of the incident.

The then Party Chief of Chengtanjiang Township, Liu Fayu, who ordered concealing the death toll and had some bodies transferred and hidden, has been detained for investigation by the supervisory authorities.

Meanwhile, other officials who participated in turned a blind eye to it, or failed to find the concealment had received penalties such as being removed from posts, major demerits, and intra-Party warnings.

However, 10 people from the fireworks company had been placed under criminal compulsory measures on suspicion of the crime of causing a major safety accident.

Edited by: Yahaya Isah/Emmanuel Yashim

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