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Military continues safety checks in aftermath of deadly Kaohsiung blasts

2014/08/03 13:27:28

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) Chemical detection troops will continue to monitor leaking gas and search for survivors of a series of deadly gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, the Ministry of National Defense said Sunday.

The troops are part of the 1,885 servicemen who will be deployed Sunday in rescue operations at the scenes of the blasts that began on July 31, bringing the total servicemen dispatched to 5,567, the ministry said in an updated statement on its rescue efforts.

Also on Sunday, 22 ambulances, three chemical-detection vehicles, 13 excavators, 26 life detecting monitors and other equipment are being used in the rescue mission, the ministry said.

As of 10 a.m. Sunday, 28 people, including four firefighters, were confirmed dead in the explosions in Kaohsiung's Cianjhen and Lingya districts, as two people remain missing and another 300 people were reported as injured, according to figures compiled by the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center.

(By Kelven Huang and Jeffrey Wu)