An explosion in Tianjin China has killed at least 50 people (currently confirmed dead), and 17 of the 50 are firefighters. Over 700 people are in hospitals for various treatments, with 71 in critical condition; dozens of people are still reported missing.
Authorities said that they have sent in 200 chemical specialists from the military with detection devices and over 1000 firefighters have been trying to deal with the remaining fires. The source of the explosion was a warehouse site owned by Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co., a company that is said to store and transport dangerous chemicals. Before the fire turned into a blast, firefighters have already been called to tackle a blaze.
"According to the Tianjin Tanggu Environmental Monitoring Station, hazardous chemicals stored by the company concerned include sodium cyanide (NaCN), toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and calcium carbide (CaC2), all of which pose direct threats to human health on contact. NaCN in particular is highly toxic. Ca (C2) and TDI react violently with water and reactive chemicals, with risk of explosion. This will present a challenge for firefighting and, with rain forecast for tomorrow, is a major hazard," Greenpeace said, which means that the residents are still in danger.
Company executives are currently in detention for the incident.
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