Beijing — The death toll from a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 78 on Monday, as Beijing ordered a nationwide inspection of chemical firms four days after one of the country’s worst industrial accidents. Thursday’s explosion in Yancheng city, in eastern Jiangsu province, razed an industrial park and blew out windows of surrounding homes. The State Council, China’s cabinet, told regional authorities around the country to launch a “comprehensive investigation” into companies involved in “nitration manufacturing and storage” in the wake of the blast. They should also conduct risk assessments on chemical industrial parks, it said in an online statement, and identify and fix potential safety hazards in mining, fire, construction and other industries to prevent further accidents. More than 500 people are still in hospital, said city officials in Yancheng on their official Twitter-like Weibo account. Among them, 13 are critically injured and 66 are seriously injured, the statemen...

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