|At least 24 people died and nearly 100 others were injured in the blast, which tore through a wing of the Z121 military factory run by the General Department of the Defence Industry under the Ministry of Defence..— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang yesterday sent a letter of sympathies to the families of those killed and injured in Saturday's explosion in a fireworks factory in northern Phu Tho Province.
At least 24 people died and nearly 100 others were injured in the blast, which tore through a wing of the Z121 military factory run by the General Department of the Defence Industry under the Ministry of Defence.
The explosion also damaged hundreds of houses in surrounding areas.
In the message, Sang asked ministries, agencies and local authorities to continue helping those affected stabilise their lives.
The families of those killed will each receive VND103 million (US$4,900), said Nguyen Duc Lam, head of the Defence Industry Department.
The aid will come from the Defence Ministry, the Defence Minister, the General Departments of Politics and the Defence Industry, the factory, trade union for the defence industry and provincial authorities.
Injured victims will receive VND33 million ($1,570) each from the ministry and provincial authorities.
The owners of damaged homes will receive VND10 million ($476) each from the province.
Initial investigations said a technical fault led to the explosion. Fire then spread to the production establishment where an estimated 17,000 boxes of fireworks were stored. — VNS