The blast happened at about 6:30 a.m. native time within the Zhangwan district of Shiyan metropolis, in Hubei province, based on native authorities.
Authorities have rescued 138 from the world, together with 37 with critical accidents, based on state-run information outlet CCTV, quoting native officers.
Town’s municipal workplace initially stated “many” folks had been trapped after the incident.
Photos circulating on social media, which seemed to be from the scene, confirmed rescue staff in orange jumpsuits working by the wreckage of flattened homes.
The reason for the accident is beneath investigation, based on the town authorities, which stated on Chinese language microblogging platform Weibo that it’s organizing rescue efforts.
This story has been up to date.