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Explosion at cassava plant injures five workers

Update: April, 05/2016 - 16:00
The cassava starch processing plant owned by the Sơn Long Services Joint-stock Co-operative where the explosion happened. — Photo

NGHỆ AN (VNS) — An explosion occurred at midday yesterday in a cassava starch processing plant in the central Nghệ An Province’s Nghĩa Đàn District, injuring five workers.

Local residents said they heard a huge explosion, and then saw a lot of smoke rising from the plant owned by the Sơn Long Services Joint-stock Co-operative.

Four workers are being treated at the provincial North-western Area Hospital. The fifth injured person, 27-year-old Hà Văn Hiếu, has been taken to Hà Nội to receive treatment for the serious injuries he has suffered.

Vi Khắc Nhớ, one of the victims, said the explosion must have occurred in an oil pipe that was used to dry cassava.

The cause of the explosion is being investigated.

The Sơn Long Services Joint-stock Co-operative was founded in April 2004. It specialises in processing cassava starch for export and has a capacity of processing 40 tonnes a day. — VNS


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