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Second person dead from COFCO grain terminal explosion in Argentina

There has been a second fatality confirmed from Wednesday’s explosion and fire at a grain terminal in the port of Rosario, Argentina, according to Reuters.

Grain terminal owner COFCO International, a Chinese company, released a statement saying that a worker who had been in critical condition died in hospital on Friday morning.

Seven others remain in hospital, two of them in intensive care. One of the injured has been released.

Industrial action prompted by the explosion continued on Friday, a 48-hour protest by grain-crushing workers.

Operations at the COFCO facility were suspended until further notice.

Rosario is a major shipping hub for Argentina, handling 80% of its agricultural exports.

The cause of Wednesday’s blast remains unknown and is under investigation

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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