We do hope this do not happen in Maputo city, where ENH-KOGAS enterprise is installing a gas distribution network system. We hope! At least 25 people have been killed in a series of massive explosions triggered by a gas leak, Reuters reported, adding that the blasts set entire city blocks on fire, and leveled buildings and shops in the the port city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.
The death toll from the underground explosions that struck Taiwan’s second-largest city has risen to 24, Associated Press reported Friday, adding that 271 people have reportedly been injured. The dead include four firefighters who had reportedly been called to investigate a gas leak in the area.
The multiple explosions sent cars and concrete flying through a thickly populated area of Kaohsiung where gas pipelines run parallel to underground sewage pipes, the report added.
Firefighters from nearby cities helped battle the flames in Kaohsiung, CNA said, and the government called upon hundreds of soldiers to help with rescue efforts.
According to Reuters, smoke with a “gas-like smell” was seen emanating from streets drains prior to the explosions, Formosa TV and the China Times newspaper reported.
To pull the injured from a deep crater in the road, rescuers formed a chain, according to Reuters. Local media said some people compared the situation to being hit by a massive earthquake.
ENH-KOGAS SA, is a company that implements the proposed natural gas distribution network in Maputo city, through the natural gas explored in Pande/Temane Sasol operation in Inhanbane province.