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Taipei, Aug 1: At least 15 people, including fire fighters, were killed and 233 injured in gas leak explosions that hit Taiwan‘s Kaohsiung city Thursday. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said that the incident was the worst of its kind in recent decade, Xinhua reported. Also Read - 'A Flight to Nowhere': Taiwan Offers Fake Flights for People Who Miss the Thrill of Air Travel | Watch

The island’s fire-fighting authority said gas leaks were reported in the city’s Cianjhen district at around 9.00 p.m. Thursday, leading to multiple explosions that affected an area as large as three square kilometres. Also Read - Taiwan Hosts the World's Only LGBT Pride Parade Amid Pandemic, Over 1000 People Attend | See Pics

Jiang Yi-huah, the island’s executive chief, is coordinating the rescue operations at an emergency response center that was put into operation early on Friday. The island’s military force has deployed more than 300 soldiers to the sites to carry out rescue work.  Meanwhile, Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou has urged relevant authorities to help the rescue, his office spokeswoman MaWei-kuo said.