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Over 110 rushed to hospitals for treatment after Kaohsiung explosions

2014/08/01 02:25:13


Kaohsiung, Aug. 1 (CNA) Over 110 persons injured in the multiple gas explosion in downtown Kaohsiung were rushed to hospitals for treatment, but the number of the injured may keep increasing, the Fire Department of the southern municipality said early Friday.

Many others were evacuated to serval senior and junior high schools in the city to take shelter, the department said.

Gas leaks in the sewage system of Kaohsiung's Cianjhen District led to multiple explosions late Thursday night, injuring over many people and overturning cars, according to the department.

Fire fighters, including those from nearby Tainan City, have rushed to the scene, and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu was urging people to leave the dangerous spots.

Witnesses said the gas leaks which began at around 9:00 p.m. formed white fog while fire was lighted up, leading to big explosions on several streets.

A witness surnamed Liu said at first he thought some "poisonous gas" had leaked from the old railway and a construction site of Kaohsiung's light rapid transit system.

"I saw fire spurting, ripping off some covers of ditches. It was terrifying," he said.

The explosions on Kaisuan Road and Ersheng Road rocked Cianjhen, Lingya, Siaogang and Cianjin districts.

(By S.C. Chang & Bear Lee; click here for the updated story)