Blasts rock Tianjin, Toxic Chemicals Expected to be the Reason

Published By : 14 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Blasts rocked the northern city of Tianjin in China late on Wednesday night. According to the reports by the state media, the explosions have left at least 50 people dead. The blasts occurred at a warehouse owned by a company named Ruihai Logistics that handles toxic chemicals such as toluene diisocyanate and sodium cyanide. Though the reasons behind the blasts have not been confirmed, leakage of chemicals is being suspected as a primary cause. 

The government has sent a team of more than 200 military chemical experts to Tianjin. The first task of the team is to check the air for the presence of toxic gases. The experts and the rescue teams have been instructed to wear protective masks and gears. According to The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, the rescue teams are trying to remove around 700 tons of sodium cyanide stored at the explosion site. To detoxify the chemical, hydrogen peroxide has been prepared. 

The state news agency Xinhua has reported that the explosions have injured hundreds of people, with 71 critically injured. Buildings, ship containers, and thousands of new cars have been destroyed by the explosions. More than 3,500 residents of the industrial port city are spending the nights in temporary shelters. 

Xinhua has further reported that fire fighters were already at the location when the twin blasts took place. A large area of the port has been devastated with a large number of shipping containers and cars ruined. Wen Wurui, the head of Tianjin’s environmental protection bureau, has mentioned that the pollution levels are being monitored in the city. He stated that though prolonged breathing in the toxic air at the blast site would be harmful, toxicity of the air has not exceeded the standards. It is suspected that harmful chemicals were kept too close to residential areas than they are legally allowed to, which has resulted to the large number of deaths and injuries. 
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