Asia

In pictures: Taiwan gas blasts

  • 1 August 2014
  • From the section Asia

Images from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan where a series of gas blasts has killed more than 20 people and injured about 270.

More than 20 people have been killed and some 270 injured in a series of explosions that ripped through the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung.
The blasts happened around midnight on Thursday in a densely populated part of the city, shattering roads and throwing vehicles into the air.
The explosions have been blamed on gas leaks from underground pipelines, though the exact gas and source are not yet clear.
Streets were split in two by the force of the blasts, which left deep trenches.
More than 1,000 residents were evacuated from the area. Hospitals, meanwhile, rushed to treat the scores of injured people.