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Kaohsiung pledges to rebuild explosion-damaged streets by Dec. 20
Central News Agency
2014-08-11 11:00 PM
Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Kaohsiung residents and visitors to the port city will likely be able to see the streets destroyed by a series of propylene explosions rebuilt before Christmas after the city government pledged Monday to finish the work by Dec. 20. Four kilometers of streets in Cianjhen and Linya districts of Kaohsiung spanning 75,000 square meters were left in ruins after pipelines carrying propylene exploded late July 31. At least 30 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured. Reconstruction began on Aug. 4, as the streets were cleared, foundations were laid and makeshift roads built. But the rebuilding efforts were delayed over the past few days by heavy rains and floods. In the face of growing complaints from local residents, the city government gave its word Monday that it has set a goal of returning traffic to normal by Nov. 20 and rebuilding the affected streets by Dec. 20. Earlier on Monday, President Ma Ying-jeou promised to render full assistance to the municipal government in its efforts to reconstruct the damaged streets. (By Wang Shu-fen and S.C. Chang)
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