2022-01-08 22:42

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At Least 16 Killed after Office Canteen Explosion In China


Source: The Guardian

Good evening everybody


Rescue workers in Chongqing searched the debris into the night after Fridays blast with one survivor in a critical condition.



A lunchtime explosion at an office canteen killed 16 people in southwest China and injured 10 others, authorities said.
A gas leak is the suspected cause of the blast on Friday, the Chongqing city government said in an online statement.
The canteen collapsed, trapping victims inside. Rescue workers searched the debris into the night and all the bodies were recovered by midnight, the official Xinhua news agency said.


Rescuers search at the scene of the explosion on 7 January 2022. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images


The Ministry of Emergency Management dispatched a team to of more than 600 personnel to the scene, state broadcaster CCTV said.
One of the survivors was in critical condition, Xinhua said.


A gas leak is the suspected cause of the blast. Photograph: Huang Wei/AP


The 12:10pm blast happened at a government subdistrict office in Wulong District, which is about 75 km west of the Chongqing city centre and known for its scenic karst rock formations.
An eyewitness told state-run Phoenix TV that the blast was very scary ... our windows have all been blown to pieces.



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