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Powerful blast rocks China’s eastern Zhejiang province, leaving several injured

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NINGBO — A powerful blast on Sunday morning in China’s eastern Zhejiang province brought down buildings and injured many people, state media reported, while police said the cause had still to be determined.

At least two people were killed in the blast and more than 30 people were rushed to the local hospital. Rescue efforts were continuing.

The explosion occurred at around 9am at a factory in Jiangbei district in Ningbo, a coastal city about 100 kilometers south of Shanghai, according to state news agency Xinhua, citing local authorities, witnesses and the Ningbo city’s fire department.

Television images showed men wearing helmets carrying injured people away from the area.

According to state broadcaster CCTV, eyewitnesses said there were “a large number of injured people”. CCTV said it was not a gas explosion, without elaborating further. CCTV images showed a few flattened cars and a low-rise building with a collapsed wall.

In a separate report, China Central Television (CCTV) said the force of the explosion shattered windows and punched holes in the walls of buildings sited as far as a kilometre away.

Television images showed cars twisted and mangled by the blast, plume of grey smoke rising in the sky and a low-rise building with a collapsed wall.

According to Zhejiang Daily, several buildings collapsed in a nearby residential area that had already been cleared of people. Police told Reuters the area had been marked for demolition.

Rescue work and investigation into the cause were underway, police said in a statement issued on its verified Weibo account.

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7 injured in Dhading truck-microbus collision

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DHADING — Seven passengers were injured after a microbus and a truck collided head-on at Baireni in Galchhi rural municipality-6, Dhading on Thursday morning.

The cement loaded truck(Na 5 Kha 7386) en route to Kathmandu from Gajuri collided with the microbus(Ga 1 Kha 2966) coming from Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Driver of microbus along with other six have sustained injuries. Other injured are Ramendra Bishwokarma and Purna Kumari Gurung of Syangja, Aasha Gurung, Aarapi Gurung and Bibek Poudel of Kathmandu, Anju Chaudhary of Kaski and Suman Gurung of Lamjung, according to Area Police Office, Gajuri.

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