At least 12 were killed and 39 were seriously injured This Sunday (13), following a gas explosion in a residential area in a city in central China.
Rescue workers rushed more than 150 people to a hospital in Xi’an, Hubei province, according to Chinese state media.
The cause of the explosion is being investigated.
Rescue team working at Xian gas explosion – Photo: Reuters / CCTV
When the explosion occurred after 6 a.m., sellers and shopkeepers buying breakfast and fresh vegetables at the food fair were reported to be the main victims. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a two-story building in the early 1990s. More than 900 were evacuated from the area.
Pictures of the site show rescuers climbing on broken concrete slabs to evacuate those trapped inside.
This eruption is similar to another that occurred at the port Qingdao in the Northeast of the country, in 2013, 55 people died when underground pipes ruptured after a leak.
Xi’an erupted a day after eight people were killed and three were injured when a substance called methylformat leaked from a vehicle at a chemical handling station in the southwestern city of Guangxi.
The Associated Press reports that these types of accidents in China are usually caused by poor compliance with safety standards, poor maintenance and corruption among law enforcement agencies. Those responsible are often severely punished, but the pursuit of high demand and profits often outweighs these concerns.
One of the worst accidents reported in the country The biggest explosion in 2015 At a chemical depot in the port city of Tianjin, 173 people were killed, most of them firefighters and police. Irregular construction and unsafe storage of turbulent materials were the cause of this catastrophe.