• Taiwan gas explosions spare Filipinos – DFA

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    No Filipino was affected by a series of gas explosions in the southern city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday.

    Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, cited a report from the Philippine representative’s office in Taipei, which confirmed that Filipinos remained relatively safe from the gas explosion.

    “Our [representative]office in Taiwan confirmed that they have no report of any Filipino affected by the gas explosions in Kaoshiung,” Jose said in a text message.

    The blast, which rocked the city’s Cianjhen district and scattered cars and caused deep trenches in roads, killed 24 people and injured 270 others.

    There is no known reason yet for the gas leak, although reports indicated that it could have been caused by ruptured pipelines.

    Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah said there were at least five blasts.

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