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Death toll rises to 25 in massive gas explosion in China

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The death toll from Sunday’s massive gas explosion in central China has risen to 25, as rescue workers continue to sift through the rubble for survivors.

The blast near a crowded vegetable market in Shiyan downed several buildings around 6:30 a.m. local time, leaving another 138 injured — 37 of them seriously, authorities said.

Officials initially said 12 people were killed in the explosion, but 13 more bodies were found by 12:30 p.m. Monday local time.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered all-out rescue efforts following the blast and vowed that “those responsible must be held to account,” state-controlled CCTV said.

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The death toll in the Shiyan explosion that took down several buildings, has risen to 25.
The death toll in the Shiyan gas explosion that took down several buildings has risen to 25.
Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP
Workers search for victims in a building damaged by a gas line explosion in Shiyan, China.
Workers search for victims in a building damaged by a gas line explosion in Shiyan, China.
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Chinese officials have attempted to beef up safety standards in the country, which has been plagued by industrial accidents in the past.

In 2015, a series of explosions in Tianjin killed 173 people, two years after an oil pipeline blast in Qingdao left more than 60 dead.

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