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Friday, August 14, 2015, 18:03

China for chemical checks as Tianjin toll 85

By Xinhua
China for chemical checks as Tianjin toll 85
Firefighters are seen at the explosion site in Tianjin on Aug 14, 2015. (Xinhua photo)

TIANJIN - Death toll in the massive warehouse explosions that hit North China's Tianjin Wednesday night has risen to 85, including 21 firemen, the rescue headquarters said Saturday.

Meanwhile, 721 others were hospitalized, including 25 critically wounded and 33 in serious condition.

China will roll out a nationwide examination of dangerous chemicals and explosives following the deadly explosions.

The State Council, China's cabinet, issued an emergency notice on Friday, in which it asked governments at all levels to reinforce the safety management on dangerous chemicals and explosives, strictly control the access threshold for industrial projects on these materials, and firmly implement special regulatory measures for highly toxic chemicals such as cyanide, as well as inflammable and explosive materials.

The explosions that ripped through a warehouse storing dangerous goods in the port city on Wednesday night also left 721 injured as of Friday afternoon. Among them, 25 are critically wounded while 33 are in serious condition.

In a press conference, authorities said dangerous chemicals stored in the warehouse were yet to be identified.

Gao Huaiyou, deputy director of Tianjin's work safety watchdog, cited major discrepancies between the accounts of company management and customs, and damage to the company's office as reasons the chemicals couldn't be identified.

Cargo is stored in a warehouse for no more than 40 days before being transferred elsewhere, Gao said, adding storage for dangerous chemicals had been reorganized.

China for chemical checks as Tianjin toll 85
Vice-Premier Liu Yandong pays visit to a patient who was injured in the explosions in Tianjin Fifth Centre Hospital on Aug 13, 2015. (Photo by Zhang Chenlin / Xinhua )

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