Death toll reaches 25 in China gas explosion

The death toll from a gas explosion in China’s Hubei province has increased to 25, local authorities said.

Rescue and debris cleaning are still underway, the information office of the provincial government of Hubei said on Monday evening.

The blast occurred on Sunday in a two-storey trade market building in a residential community in Zhangwan district, Shiyan city.

More than 100 people were injured.

A team has been set up to investigate the blast, and Hubei will launch a province-wide blanket inspection to root out potential work safety hazards.