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12 killed, multiple people hurt in central China’s gas explosion

This photo taken on June 13, 2021 shows rescue work at the gas explosion site in Shiyan City, Hubei province. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

WUHAN – A gas explosion in central China's Hubei province on Sunday morning has left 12 people dead and more than 100 people injured, including 39 seriously, local authorities said.

The gas explosion occurred in a residential community in the city of Shiyan's Zhangwan District at 6:30 am on Sunday, trapping a large number of people

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As of 12 pm the searchers had found 150 people from the blast site in the city of Shiyan and rushed them to hospitals, according to the rescue headquarters.

The accident occurred in a residential community in the city's Zhangwan District at 6:30 am on Sunday, trapping a large number of people.

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This photo dated June 13, 2021 shows the rescue operation at the gas explosion scene in Shiyan, Wubei province. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINADAILY.COM.CN)

The exact number of casualties is still being verified as the search and rescue is under way.