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Gas pipeline blast kills 16 in India

A massive explosion on 27/06/2014 Friday on a state-owned gas pipeline running through the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh killed at least 16 people and gutted scores of homes, a state minister said.

“At least 16 people are dead. We have recovered 13 bodies so far,” state home minister N. Chinna Rajappa told AFP after the blast near a refinery in the East Godavari district.

At least 15 people were hospitalized with injuries from the explosion, which occurred around 06:30 am (0100 GMT), the company said, while the cause of the blast was not yet known.

Television pictures showed flames at least 10m high leaping into the dawn sky, scorching trees in a surrounding coconut grove in the coastal area where many live in flimsy huts.

The fire on the 18-inch pipeline owned by the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) was extinguished by mid-morning and the gas had been cut off, a senior administrative officer told AFP by telephone from the scene.