BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Friday conveyed condolences to the victims in the gas leak explosions that hit Kaohsiung City in Taiwan on Thursday.
At least 24 people were killed when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city. Earlier reports said 271 others were injured.
Xi said he was "deeply concerned" after learning of the heavy casualties, according to a statement acquired by Xinhua.
The statement said Xi told the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office (SCTAO) to convey his deepest sympathies to relevant Taiwan departments and extend condolences to the relatives of the victims.
Death toll climbs to 24 in Taiwan gas explosions
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. Full story
Suspected gas leakage blasts shake Taiwan
TAIPEI, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Several people were killed and more than 100 others injured as suspected gas leakage caused blasts that ripped through several streets in Kaohsiung city of China's Taiwan on Thursday, media reports said.
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