Death toll rises to 32 in Mexico petrochemical plant explosion

The death toll for the explosion at Pemex's Pajaritos petrochemical plant has risen to 32.
The death toll for the explosion at Pemex's Pajaritos petrochemical plant has risen to 32.PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Four more people have been found dead after last week's explosion at a petrochemical plant in south-eastern Mexico, raising the death toll to 32, state oil giant Pemex and Mexican plastic pipe maker Mexichem said in a joint statement on Sunday (April 24).

The vinyl petrochemical plant in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz is a joint venture between Pemex's petrochemical unit and majority owner Mexichem.

Pemex's chief executive has said that last week's blast was caused by a leak but he did not how the leak had happened exactly.

It was the latest in a series of fatal accidents at the company.