The blast took place at 5:30 am due to a gas leak in the pipeline, which is near an oil refinery complex at Nagaram, around 560 km from Hyderabad. Several people were burnt alive in the fire that followed, its flames rising almost 20 metres high.
District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad said the number of dead could rise.
The fire has been brought under control and the gas supply line has been cut off.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has ordered an inquiry.
GAIL chairman BC Tripathi said the fire broke out in an 18-inch pipeline. "The reasons for the accident are not known yet. We are currently focused on rescue and relief operations," he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and said he had spoken to GAIL authorities and asked them to ensure relief at the accident site.
GAIL is the country's largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company.
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Publication Date: 27 June 2014