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|Friday, March 09, 2001, updated at 10:07(GMT+8)|
School Explosion Aftermath in Jiangxi Well HandledThe injured are being rescued and the dead were pacified in Wanzai County in east China's Jiangxi province where an explosion destroyed a primary school building, killing 42 and injuring 27.
Around 11 o'clock Tuesday morning, Villager Li Chuicai, 33, broken into a grade-three classroom and detonated two pockets of fireworks, causing four rooms of the two-story brick school building to collapse.
Local public security officers and firemen rushed to the spot to rescue victims immediately after the explosion.
Zhang Lingen, a grade-three student, however, was missing until this afternoon when firemen spotted two legs which Zhang's parents had recognized as their son's.
So far, 22 of the 27 injured are out of danger, and the rest five are given around-the-clock monitoring.
Burial of the 42 dead are being arranged, and pension has been allocated to comfort their families. All insurance have been already distributed to the families of the dead.
Local government is now looking for the site for a temporary school building as the old one was severely damaged in the blast.
Officials said that normal education can be resumed very soon.
It was also decided that all the slightly injured students be given a health check.
The explosion aroused great attention among senior officials. Shu Shengyou, governor of Jiangxi Province, who was then attending the on-going session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, and other leading officials of the related departments at state or provincial level, flew back to Jiangxi to direct the rescue work and handle the aftermath.
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