Published on : Friday, August 1, 2014
An underground gas leakage in Taiwan has led to several deaths and the numbers are still rising in the southern city of Kaohsiung. There have been atleast five blasts showing huge fireballs in the sky. Bodies and vehicles were littered on the roads that were cracked resembling an earthquake and the city looked completely wrecked in the earliest hours of Friday.
A powerful blast ripped through the city’s sewage system causing death of 24 people and leaving at least 271 injured. Firefighters tried dousing the fire. Among the dead are firefigters and 22 emergency workers.
The fire was caused by gas leakage and a series of explosions did a lot of damaged which happened through night. By morning the fire was brought under control. The extent of damage was known only in the morning after day break which revealed cars and motorcycles scattered on the road. A private car was blown to the roof of a three story building. Two people were also thrown on the top of a four-story building where they were found by rescue workers and hospitalised.
Schools and cultural centres are being used as emergency shelters. Ethylene, propane or butane is suspected to be the major components of the blast by authorities owing to the presence of many petrochemical factories in the region.
Kaohsiung is the island’s largest industrial center and hosted city the 2009 World Games. It is a popular tourist destination owing to its pleasant weather year-round. Known as “Taiwan’s Maritime Capital, there are many attractions in Kaohsiung that bring tourists to this beautiful place.