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Casualties rise to 332 three days after gas explosions in Kaohsiung
Central News Agency
2014-08-03 08:30 PM
Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) Casualties from Thursday's gas explosions in Kaohsiung stood at 332 as of late Sunday afternoon as rescue crews continued to wade through rubble looking for survivors and utilities companies rushed to restore water and power. In total, 28 were confirmed dead, 302 injured and two missing as of 4:00 p.m. because of the propylene-fueled explosions, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center. Four of the dead were firefighters sent to the scene before the explosions to spray water in an attempt to disperse the leaked gas. The two missing were a city fire official and a firefighter. In total, 32,968 households were affected in some way, according to government statistics from earlier in the day. Despite the increasing numbers of confirmed casualties, utilities companies were racing to give electricity, water and natural gas back to nearby residents. Taiwan Power Co. restored power to 27,521 households by Sunday and expected to give power back to all affected customers over the nearly three-square-kilometer area by Tuesday. Taiwan Water Corp. said running water will resume by Tuesday night on Yisin and Sanduo roads, and on Kaisyuan Road within three days. The timetable for the resumption of natural gas supplies to the 4,602 households in the disaster area is not clear, however, with progress pending repair of roads and underground pipelines. (By Liu Shih-yi and Scully Hsiao)
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