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China explosion kills 10, wounds 157

By (PNA/Xinhua)

Yulin, Shaanxi – A powerful explosion at a prefabricated house damaged nearby buildings in a northwestern county Monday afternoon, leaving at least 10 dead and 157 injured, local authorities said, as rescue efforts continued into the night.

The explosion occurred at 2 p.m. at Xinmin Township, Fugu County, in the province of Shaanxi. An initial investigation indicated that the makeshift house had been built inside a residential compound. It remains unclear what caused the explosion.

 

Rescue workers scramble to search for survivors after an explosion hit a prefabricated house in Xinmin Township, Fugu County in Shaanxi, China, Monday. (Reuters)

Rescue workers scramble to search for survivors after an explosion hit a prefabricated house in Xinmin Township, Fugu County in Shaanxi, China, Monday. (Reuters)

 

The township’s hospital was among the buildings destroyed or damaged by the blast, Xinhua reporters at the scene confirmed. Dozens of firefighters and rescuers are combing the rubble for more survivors.

There was a brief power cut during the night but the rescue continued, as rescuers are hopeful that there are still people alive under the rubble.

As of 11:00 p.m. Monday, 113 people had been admitted to hospital, including eleven who are in intensive care.

Senior municipal officials have arrived at the scene to oversee the rescue efforts.