At least eight people were killed and 35 others injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion at Guizhou Province in southwest China, authorities said.
The injured including four in critical condition were admitted to a hospital, rescuers said. The explosion occurred at around 10 am (local time) in Shazi town.
Days of heavy rain triggered a landslide, which crushed the pipeline operated by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). It caused gas leak and ensuing blast, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The residents nearby were evacuated immediately after the incident, while further investigation continues.
With PTI inputs.