The families of each of the five people killed in
an explosion in a residential building in China's northeastern city of Yingkou
on Wednesday night will receive 120,000 yuan (US$15,500) of compensation and
4,000 yuan of funeral expenses.
Fifty households living in the building whose apartments suffered damage will
be given compensation equal to three months' rent so they can move to other
apartments, a spokesman for the Yingkou city government said Saturday.
"Although the final conclusion as to the cause of the accident is yet to be
made, the government should meet the needs of residents first," he said.
The blast, believed to be triggered by a natural gas leak, occurred at 9:07
p.m. Wednesday in a six-story building near the railway station of Yingkou City
in Liaoning Province.
The explosion killed five people and injured five others and also made the
building dangerous to live in.
The injured people have been treated and released from hospital, the
government spokesman said.
Architects have been called in to study whether the damaged building can be
repaired or needs to be demolished and replaced, he