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Death toll climbs to 24 in Taiwan gas explosions

English.news.cn   2014-08-01 11:45:08

A road caves in after gas leak explosions in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Aug. 1, 2014. The local fire-fighting authority said gas leaks were reported in the city's Cianjhen district at around 8:46 p.m. Thursday, leading to multiple explosions that affected an area as large as three square kilometers. Death toll from the gas leak explosions has climbed to 24 by 9 a.m on Friday, meanwhile, 271 others were injured. (Xinhua)

TAIPEI, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in gas leak explosions that hit Kaohsiung City in Taiwan on Thursday has risen to 24, latest data from the island's firefighting authority showed.

As of 9 a.m. Friday local time, 271 others were injured, according to the data.

The number of casualties could continue to rise as the explosions caused a road surface to collapse and people might have fallen into the hollows.

The island's firefighting authority said gas leaks were reported in the city's Cianjhen District at around 8:46 p.m. Thursday, leading to multiple explosions that affected an area as large as three square kilometers.

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