The official death toll rose to three Sunday from the Friday explosion at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, Sichuan Province as authorities announced an investigation was still under way and provided no information on the victims.
An explosion rocked the Hongfujin Precision Electronics plant Friday in a high-tech industrial zone west of Chengdu, killing three and injuring 15 more, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
Families of workers in Foxconn factories have been asking the company for a list of dead and injured but their demand was turned down, Jian Guangzhou, a journalist with the Oriental Morning Post who was among the first to report the explosion, told the Global Times.
“I saw parents who were unable to get in touch with their children Saturday,” Jian said. “They went to the factory to see whether their children are safe, but the factory said there was no list of victims and refused to help.”
According to the Chengdu Daily, the factory was built in a very short time. Via China Daily:
The factory was built in a very short time. “The Chengdu project took 76 days to go from construction to operation. It’s a new record in Foxconn globally,” Foxconn’s chief investment officer, Zhuang Hongren, said at a ceremony that marked the start of operations at the plant in October, Chengdu Daily reported.
Foxconn will spend five years on making Chengdu its most important base globally, according to the newspaper.
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