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China oil pipeline blast toll rises to 62
December 3, 2013, 11:16 am

The death toll from an oil pipeline blast in the coastal city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province has risen to 62, as body of the last missing person was retrieved, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

Some 136 people were hospitalized and 14 were discharged from hospital earlier, the report said. The accident happened on November 22 in Qingdao's Huangdao District after oil leaked from the underground pipeline operated by Sinopec, the country's largest oil refiner.

The pipeline, which has been in use for 27 years, measures 711 mm in diameter and runs about 250km, with an annual oil transfer capacity of 10 million tons, according to the report.

Over 27,700 people were killed or went missing in workplace accidents in the first half of the year, Xinhua reported in July. Wang Dexue, deputy head of the State Administration of Work Safety, was quoted as saying that work safety is still a major problem, as negligence by local work safety supervisors has led to frequent industrial accidents in China.

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