Written by Staff Writer
01 Aug, 2014 | 9:05 am
An explosion caused by a gas leak in Taiwan’s second city killed 22 people, injured 270 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, a government agency said.
The Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center said police and soldiers had been drafted in to help firefighters in a neighbourhood of apartment buildings and small shops in the port city of Kaohsiung.
Media reports suggested the death toll was likely to rise sharply.
The body of a child, either dead or injured, lay alongside large piles of rubble.
Residents told Formosa TV that they had seen smoke with a “gas-like smell” coming out of drains in the street shortly before the explosion. The city’s fire department said the blast had been caused by a gas leak.
Some residents said the force of the explosion was similar to that of an earthquake.
Local authorities set up an emergency centre to be staffed by servicemen coordinating the rescue operation.
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