Gas pipe explosion kills 11 in central Chinese city, CCTV reports

HONG KONG, June 13 (Reuters): A gas pipe explosion in a residential community in a central Chinese city killed 11 people and critically injured 37, state media CCTV reported Sunday.

A total of 144 people had been evacuated following the deadly accident in the city of Shiyan in Hubei province by 11am (0300 GMT) it said.

The explosion caused a food market building to collapse at 6.30am, local media reported.

Hospitals in Shiyan are asking residents to donate blood, as the injured are still under emergency treatment, CCTV said.

A gas pipe explosion occurred in a residential community in Zhangwan District of Shiyan City, central China's Hubei Province, at around 6:30am on Sunday, according to local authorities.

The number of casualties is still being verified as the search and rescue is under way. - Reuters

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