Explosion in China's Chongqing kills 16 - state media

by Reuters
Saturday, 8 January 2022 02:23 GMT

(Updates death toll, adds details)

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A building housing a canteen in Chongqing in China's southwest collapsed on Friday after an explosion suspected to have been caused by a gas leak, killing at least 16, state broadcaster CCTV said.

As of midnight (1600 GMT) on Friday, 26 people had been taken from the site, of whom 16 had died, the broadcaster said on Saturday. One person was in critical condition and the other injured people were also in hospital.

The Ministry of Emergency Management dispatched a team to of more than 600 personnel to the scene in Chongqing's Wulong district, CCTV said. (Reporting by Gabriel Crossley and Josh Horwitz; Editing by Michael Perry, John Stonestreet and William Mallard)

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