Fire and smoke rise over the Amuay refinery near Punto Fijo, Venezuela
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Venezuela: Chavez orders Amuay refinery blast probe

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered an urgent investigation to find the cause of a huge explosion at the country's biggest oil refinery.

The death toll after the blast at the Amuay plant in Falcon state, in the north-west of the country, has now risen to 39, with more than 80 others injured.

Mr Chavez has declared three days of national mourning. Janey Mitchell reports.

  • 26 Aug 2012