Four people died in a gas explosion that injured 13 others at a six-story residential building in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, state media said Wednesday.
A trapped person who was extracted at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, more than 10 hours after the morning explosion, had low vital signs and died after being taken to hospital, according to a Tianjin Daily report released by the government of Tianjin of social media.
Public broadcaster CCTV later said salvage work was complete. He did not provide any details of the four deaths. The injuries of the other 13 are not life-threatening, CCTV said in an online report.
The explosion occurred around 7:15 a.m. in the Beichen district. Photos from the scene showed the upper floors of the building collapsed with the roof still intact, but no obvious damage to neighboring units. Tianjin, a major port and manufacturing center, is less than an hour by high-speed train from Beijing and has long been one of China’s most developed and international cities. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but it seems to point to the deterioration of infrastructure after more than three decades of meteoric economic growth. The building was built in the 1980s, Tianjin Daily reported.
China’s Ministry of Emergency Management called for determining the cause as soon as possible and carrying out a thorough examination to identify the risks of gas leaks and prevent such accidents in the future, the news agency said. Xinhua official.
China is replacing decades-old infrastructure, with natural gas pipes used for cooking, heat and power generation being of particular concern.
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