Foreign Affairs
WATCH: 12 dead, scores injured in China gas explosion

At least 12 persons died and some 37 others were seriously injured in an explosion in a residential area in central China.

Initial reports indicate that the explosion in Shiyan in Hubei province may be linked to a gas pipeline.

Around 138 persons were evacuated from the area after the 6.30 am explosion, with reports saying that there may be other persons trapped in the debris.