Chemical accidents have killed nearly 200 people in China so far this year, environmental group Greenpeace said Wednesday, calling on Beijing to overhaul the “appallingly under-regulated” industry.
Industrial accidents are common in China, where work safety regulations are often flouted.
In the first eight months of the year, China saw 232 chemical accidents which killed 199 people and injured 400, Greenpeace said in a statement.
“China’s chemicals industry is the largest in the world, but it is appallingly under-regulated,” said Cheng Qian, its East Asia toxics assistant manager.
“Tragic accidents occur on an almost daily basis.”