BEIJING— The death toll from a gas pipeline explosion in central China on Sunday has risen to 25, according to state broadcaster CCTV on Monday.
The death toll from the blast in Shiyan, Hubei province, had stood at 12 as of Sunday evening, but another 13 victims without vital signs had been discovered as of 1230 local time on Monday, according to CCTV, citing an official from Hubei’s emergency management department at a press conference.
According to CCTV, 138 people were still injured, 37 of them seriously.
The precise number of casualties is difficult to ascertain because the Chinese regime routinely suppresses or alters information.
In China, industrial accidents are not uncommon. In 2015, 173 people were killed in a series of explosions in Tianjin, China’s northern port city.
More than 60 people were killed in an oil pipeline explosion in Qingdao, Shandong’s eastern province, in 2013, and eight people were killed in a gas pipeline explosion in Guizhou, Southwest China, in 2017.