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12 dead in gas explosion in residential area

CHINA: At least 12 people were killed and nearly 140 were injured on Sunday in a gas line explosion in a residential area in central China’s Hubei province. Relief operations are continuing, the disaster management office in Shiyan City, where the blast occurred at around 6:30 a.m., said in a statement.

Witness videos showed several buildings in ruins and rescuers evacuating shocked survivors on stretchers. The explosion in particular devastated a vegetable market in the city where there were at that time a large number of traders and residents having their breakfast there.

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