China explosions: Chemical specialists sent to Tianjin

China explosions: Chemical specialists sent to Tianjin

China explosions: Chemical specialists sent to Tianjin

Written by Staff Writer

14 Aug, 2015 | 10:24 am

China has sent a team of military chemical experts to the northern city of Tianjin, after explosions left at least 50 dead, state media report.

The blasts, late on Wednesday night, ripped through an industrial port area, destroying buildings, shipping containers and thousands of new cars.

It is not known what caused the blasts, nor whether chemicals have leaked. More than 3,500 residents are spending the night in temporary shelters. Hundreds are injured, 71 critically.

Many of the wounded had glass or shrapnel cuts, skull injuries or fractures, Wang Siaojie of Teda Hospital said.

More than 200 experts in chemical materials from the Chinese army have arrived in Tianjin. Their first task was to test the air for toxic gases, Xinhua said.

Rescue teams were ordered to wear protective clothing, it added.

A large area of the port was devastated. Shipping containers were left buckled, bent and toppled on top of each other like toy bricks.  Almost 10,000 vehicles were ruined, according to Chinese media, with Renaults and Volkswagens the worst affected.

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