Chinese Pipeline Damaged, 20,000 Evacuated

August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian on July 1, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents. According to press reports, the pipeline was damaged by construction work, allowing oil to flow into a sewage pipe, and catch fire. No deaths or injuries were reported. However, China National Petroleum Corp. reported 20,000 nearby residents had to be evacuated.

In an unrelated incident in India, Reuters reported a state-owned gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames on June 30, killing at least 15 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Also in recent weeks, six people were killed and 29 others injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak at India’s biggest government-run steel plant in the central state of Chattisgarh.

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