|Photo taken with a mobile phone shows the site of a pipeline explosion in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Nov. 22, 2013. A fire broke out and the blast occurred around 10 a.m. in the Huangdao District when workers were repairing a petroleum pipeline which broke and resulted in an oil leakage around 3 a.m. Casualties remained unknown. (Xinhua)
In pictures: Pipeline blast in E China, maintenance underway
In pictures: Pipeline blast in E China
In pictures: site of pipeline blast in Qingdao
QINGDAO, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- A total of 18,000 people have been evacuated from a district in east China's port city of Qingdao, where an oil spill-triggered blast has killed at least 47 people, local authorities said Saturday.
The local government distributed 2,000 candles to residents in Huangdao District on Friday night after oil leaked from a Sinopec pipeline, flowed into the municipal pipe network, and caused an explosion at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
Water, gas and electricity were cut off in parts of the district after Friday's blast. The local government distributed 40,000 servings of free food for breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
It has also provided water for local residents since Friday night, with an additional 17 tonnes of vegetables allocated to the local market.
So far, electricity has been restored in all but two communities in the district, the local government said.
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Sinopec chairman apologizes over deadly explosion
QINGDAO, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Sinopec's board chairman Fu Chengyu made an apology on Saturday over an oil pipeline explosion in east China that has killed at least 44 people and vowed to find out the cause. Full story
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BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- A team of medical specialists has been sent to the oil pipeline explosion area in the coastal city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Full story
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QINGDAO, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- At least 35 people were killed and 166 others injured after a leaking pipeline caught fire and exploded on Friday morning in the coastal city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province, local authorities said.
Among the 166 injured, 65 are in serious conditions, according to a comment posted on Friday night on the official microblog of the Qingdao municipal health bureau on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging service. Full story
Xi urges on search for blast survivors
BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday asked for maximum effort in the search for survivors of an oil pipeline blast that killed at least 35 in east China's Shandong Province.
Xi asked local authorities to spare no effort to rescue the injured, find the cause of the accident and strengthen safety.
Premier Li Keqiang also urged local authorities to improve inspection and supervision and make sure safety procedures are followed. Full story