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President to visit Kaohsiung as more bodies found
Central News Agency
2014-08-02 10:31 AM
Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will visit the families of victims and the people injured in the gas explosions in Kaohsiung, the Presidential Office said Saturday, as the search for the missing made progress in the early hours of the morning. The body of a male and the broken remains of a suspected firefighter were recovered from the scene of Thursday's night's explosions and awaited identification. As of late Friday, 26 people were confirmed dead as a result of the explosions and subsequent fires. Two hundred and eighty-five others were injured while two members of the fire department staff remained unaccounted for. In Taipei, the Presidential Office said Ma will go to the southern city to visit with those injured in the accident and the bereaved families. The president will also talk to the troops and emergency workers involved in search and rescue and cleanup efforts since early Friday, according to the Presidential Office. A day earlier, Premier Jiang Yi-huah went to Kaohsiung to survey the damage caused by the explosions, which ripped apart roadways several kilometers long in Cianjhen District. The explosions were caused by a leak from one of the underground pipelines carrying highly flammable gases or liquids to and from several of the southern city's petrochemical plants. (By Claudia Liu, Wang Shu-fen and Jay Chen)
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