At least 22 dead, 270 hurt in Taiwan gas explosions


The death toll is rising in Taiwan in a series of explosions triggered by underground gas leaks in the southern city of Kaohsiung, according to state-run news agency CNA. At least 22 people were killed and another 270 injured when the powerful blasts ripped through the city’s sewage system early Friday.

Firefighters from neighboring cities rushed to Kaohsiung to help battle the flames, CNA reported

The government also called up hundreds of soldiers to assist rescue efforts.

Several people were killed and over 200 injured when the gas leak triggered several explosions.

Images from the scene shows buckled streets, large fires and destroyed cars.

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