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112 dead, 95 missing: China blasts

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Beijing, The toll in the explosions at a warehouse in China’s port city of Tianjin has risen to 112 with 95 people, including 85 fire-fighters, still missing, authorities said on Sunday.

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Ten more bodies were found on Saturday night after the announcement of 104 deaths, but four mutilated remains were later confirmed as belonging to two victims, Xinhua news agency quoted Gong Jiansheng, vice head of the city’s publicity department, as saying.

Twenty four victims have been identified, Gong said.

The missing fire-fighters included 13 in active service and 72 working for the Tianjin Port Group Co., he added.
Wednesday’s blasts at the warehouse that stored hazardous chemicals were massive, triggering huge flames, shattering window panes and gutting over 2,500 cars at the site.
A total of 722 people remained hospitalized, including 58 in critical or serious conditions, the rescue headquarters said on Saturday night.

(IANS)

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Websites punished for spreading rumours about China blasts

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Beijing, China’s internet regulator shut down and revoked licenses of some websites, accusing them of spreading online rumors after massive explosions at a warehouse in China’s Tianjin city left 112 people dead.

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In a statement released on late Saturday, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) accused 50 websites of creating panic by publishing unverified information or letting users spread baseless rumors, reported Xin
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The information circulated on the websites included headlines such as: “the blasts killed at least 1,000 people”, “shopping malls in Tianjin looted” and “leadership change in Tianjin government”.

The CAC said such rumors caused negative influences. It shut down and revoked licenses of 18 websites, and suspended operation of another 32 websites.

The CAC said it would take a zero-tolerance attitude towards websites spreading rumors after major disasters.

Some 95 people, including 85 fire-fighters, went missing after Wednesday’s massive blasts

(IANS)