Taiwan gas blast city wants pipelines moved
Published on Aug 2, 2014 12:34 PM
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AFP) - Shocked residents in a Taiwanese neighbourhood rocked by multiple deadly gas blasts called on authorities Saturday to relocate a number of industrial pipelines running underneath the country's densely populated second city.
The explosions sparked massive fires which tore through Kaohsiung's Cianjhen district late Thursday, killing at least 26 and leaving a yawning trench running for hundreds of metres down a series of major thoroughfares.
The blasts were so powerful cars were flipped upside down whilst a moped landed on the roof of a five storey building. Nearly 300 people suffered injuries, including serious burns, during the explosions and subsequent inferno.
As rescuers continued the grim search for human remains buried under the rubble, many residents accused the southern city's authorities of acting too slowly to stop the gas leaks which locals said were first reported three hours before the explosions struck shortly before midnight.
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