A series of explosions caused by a gas leak in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed at least 20 people and injured over 250, according to local officials.
Smoke with a “gas-like smell” was seen coming out of drains before the blasts caused huge fires and destruction.
The exact cause of the gas leak remains unknown. Local media reported the Taiwanese premier as saying that the explosions were sparked by a leak in the sewage system.
Residents described the explosions as being like a powerful earthquake.
The local government has set up an emergency centre and reportedly plans to have soldiers in charge of the rescue operations.
People have been advised to stay at home on Friday in two districts of Kaohsiung.