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Explosion at pharmaceutical factory in Taiwan kills one

Explosion at pharmaceutical factory in Taiwan kills one

At least one person has died and another has been injured following an explosion at a pharmaceutical factory in Taiwan's Taoyuan City.

The blast on Sunday caused a fire at a factory, which wasn't fully extinguished until Tuesday.

Thick smoke was also seen rising into the air for several days after the explosion.

An investigation pointed to a chemical leak in nearby sewers as the reason the blaze kept burning despite a prompt intervention from local firefighters.

A 30-year-old foreign worker from the Philippines suffered third-degree burns to 80%-90% of his body and subsequently died on Monday in hospital.

Another 40-year-old man suffered burns to his hand.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.