Asia

In pictures: Taiwan gas blasts

  • 1 August 2014
  • From the section Asia

Images from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan where a series of gas blasts has killed more than 20 people and injured about 270.

Two fire engines and other vehicles lie on their side on a caved-in road caused by underground explosions in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, on 1 August 2014
More than 20 people have been killed and some 270 injured in a series of explosions that ripped through the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung.
Damaged vehicles line an destroyed street as flames continue to burn from multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Friday 2014
The blasts happened around midnight on Thursday in a densely populated part of the city, shattering roads and throwing vehicles into the air.
Wreckage of vehicles seen among debris after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on 1 August 2014
The explosions have been blamed on gas leaks from underground pipelines, though the exact gas and source are not yet clear.
A local resident crosses the explosion site in southern Kaohsiung city on 1 August 2014
Streets were split in two by the force of the blasts, which left deep trenches.
People inspect vehicles tipped over following multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on 1 August 2014
More than 1,000 residents were evacuated from the area. Hospitals, meanwhile, rushed to treat the scores of injured people.