Taiwan residents evacuated from gas blast site

Authorities in Taiwan’s second largest city on Friday temporarily sealed off two streets and evacuated residents over reports of a fresh leak at the site of last week’s fatal gas explosions. The massive blasts in the southern city of Kaohsiung last Thursday left 30 dead and more than 300 injured -- the most deadly of their kind in Taiwan’s history.

Chen Chin-der, head of Kaohsiung city’s environmental protection bureau, said methane and other types of gas had been detected at the site on Friday, as officials ordered the area to be evacuated.

Energy firm Taiwan Power Company was told to cut the gas supply to the pipeline believed to be the source of the leak, and the evacuation order was later lifted after the leak was reduced to a negligible level, officials said.


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