WATCH: At Least 22 Dead, 270 Hurt In Taiwan Gas Explosions

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(CNN) -- The death toll is rising in Taiwan in a series of explosions triggered by underground gas leaks in the southern city of Kaohsiung, according to state-run news agency CNA.

At least 22 people were killed and another 270 injured when the powerful blasts ripped through the city's sewage system early Friday.

Firefighters from neighboring cities rushed to Kaohsiung to help battle the flames, CNA reported

The government also called up hundreds of soldiers to assist rescue efforts.

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Posted by: Nick Viviani

**EMBARGO to Taiwan** At least five people were killed and 207 were injured in multiple gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan's Premier Jiang Yi-huah said early Friday, according to the country's national news agency CNA (Central News agency). The explosions took place following gas leaks in the city's sewage system late Thursday, according to CNA. Jaing also said that firefighters from the neighboring Tainan City and Pingtung County, as well as hundreds of soldiers were called to help with rescue efforts, according to CNA.