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Kaohsiung's first 'normal' business day gridlocked

KAOHSIUNG--Drivers in Cianjhen District in Kaohsiung were gridlocked in traffic Monday morning on the first business day in the city after a series of blasts ripped through several streets in the district last Thursday night.

The roads were clogged with vehicles as police blocked traffic into the area to allow technicians to check for gas leaks in underground lines.

Meanwhile, soldiers deployed to help with the rescue operations continued to dig in the area, searching for victims of the blasts, while residents tried to deal with the stench of what they believe to be decomposing bodies.

In the Sanduo business center, which is usually packed with shoppers, it was a relatively slow Monday morning.

The local government said Sunday that it was preparing to repair 6 kilometers of road that was ruptured by a series of explosions in underground gas pipes Thursday night.

The blasts, believed to be caused by a propylene leak, killed 28 people and injured more than 300.

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