In China, there are horror scenes after a devastating gas explosion reduced several buildings to rubble and killed at least 12 people.
At least 12 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured after a gas line explosion ripped through a residential compound in central China’s Hubei province.
Rescue efforts are continuing, according to a statement from the disaster management bureau in the city of Shiyan. Videos shot by witnesses and verified by Beijing News show several buildings reduced to rubble and rescue workers carrying shocked survivors on stretchers.
The explosion took place at about 6.30am local time, and an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the blast, the statement said.
Industrial accidents are common in China due to weak safety standards and corruption among officials tasked with enforcing them.
The blast came a day after eight people were killed and three others injured when toxic methyl formate leaked from a chemical handling facility in the southwestern city of Guiyang.