China gas pipeline explosion: At least eight dead, 35 injured in Guizhou province

Beijing: At least eight people died and 35 injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province on Sunday, local authorities said.

The explosion occurred at around 10 am local time in Shazi town in Qinglong County. The injured have been sent to hospital for treatment, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rescue teams were rushed to the spot to douse the blaze and evacuate resident, Xinhua news agency added.

Days of heavy rain triggered a landslide, which crushed the pipeline operated by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and caused gas leak and ensuing blast.

The fire caused by the explosion was put out and residents nearby were evacuated, while further investigation continues.

In a similar incident last year, a pipeline explosion at a power station in central China killed at least 21 people, says a 9NEWS report.

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Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 13:43:41 IST

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