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20 dead, 270 injured in gas blasts in Taiwan

Xinhua, August 1, 2014 Adjust font size:

A gas leak explosion hit Kaohsiung city of China's Taiwan on Thursday. []

At least 20 people were killed and 270 others injured in gas leak explosions that hit Kaohsiung city of China's Taiwan on Thursday.

The dead included several fire fighters, according to a statement by the city government.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said that the incident was the worst of its kind in the recent decade.

The island's fire-fighting authority said gas leaks were reported in the city's Cianjhen district at around 8:46 pm Thursday, leading to multiple explosions that affected an area as large as three square kilometers.

Jiang Yi-huah, the island's executive chief, is coordinating the rescue operations at an emergency response center that was put into operation at 0:40 am Friday.

The island's military force has deployed more than 300 soldiers to the sites to carry out rescue work.

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou has urged relevant authorities to help the rescue, according to his office spokeswoman MaWei-kuo.

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