China blasts death toll 112 and likely to rise as scores of fire fighters missing

By REUTERS
August 16, 2015 08:49

 
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TIANJIN, China,  - The death toll from massive explosions in China's port of Tianjin has risen to 112 and 95 people, most of them fire fighters, are missing, state media said on Sunday, suggesting the toll will rise significantly.

More than 720 people remained in hospital four days after Wednesday's disaster, which sent massive yellow and orange fireballs into the sky, rained burning debris on to a vast industrial zone, crumpled cars and shipping containers, burnt out buildings and shattered windows of nearby apartments.

President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged authorities to improve safety and learn lessons paid for with blood.

China evacuated residents who had taken refuge in a school near the site of the blasts on Saturday after a change in wind direction prompted fears that toxic chemical particles could be blown inland.

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