Hyesan: Nine people have died and dozens were injured after 10 gas explosions destroyed homes in North Korea. A gas cylinder ignited after a leak in Hyesan on Monday evening, according to reports.
The explosion set off the gas cylinders attached to the nearby homes. It’s thought that there were 10 explosions in total.
Six people were killed instantly while around 30 people suffered from varying degrees of burns. They were taken to a local hospital, where three reportedly died this morning.
“One section of the harmonica houses [row houses] were completely destroyed by the explosion,” a source told Daily NK.
“There’s absolutely nothing left of them.”
Locals had to put out the fires themselves as no fire trucks appeared on the scene, according to reports.
Officials reportedly told those affected that there will be “no compensation” because the incident was the result of “carelessness.”
Local authorities have said that they will distribute rice, clothes and blankets to households affected by the explosion. The cost will be covered by local citizens.