Xinhua, China : China encountered two explosions of huge magnitude and destructive capacity, resulting in death toll of 44 people in the Northeast Chinese port region of Tianjin. Blasts occur ed in an industrial unit, a warehouse containing dangerous, inflammable chemical goods leaving hundreds injured and helpless engulfed in the massive flames that arose out of this mishap.
Hospitals got flooded with casualties exceeding upto 400 injured people in number count. Dead bodies have been moving in and out of the medical facilities and more and more victims are being brought in for urgent medical assistance.
Firefighters rushed to the site and carried out rescue efforts while trying to control the ever rising flames amidst fumes and shrieks. The fire engulfed many rescue teams and reports of missing firefighters created panic among people waiting for their close aides.
Vast areas of the 10th largest port in the world got destroyed, and sights revealed crumpled shipping containers flying haywire weightlessly around the vicinity. The injured head count is on a rise, and agencies are unable to predict the end number yet. The China Earthquake Networks Centre said the magnitude of the first explosion was almost as if detonating three tons of TNT, while the second was the equivalent of 21 tonnes of the explosive.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have called for all-out efforts to save the injured and carry out speedy efforts in rescuing casualties in the Tianjin blast. The President told local governments to carry out safety checks, and improve management of dangerous chemicals in and around the area.
Premier Li directed authorities to intensify search and rescue. He promised a thorough investigation, and guaranteed open and transparent information disclosure to the public.