China blasts toll rises to 112

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TIANJIN, China: The death toll from two massive explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin has risen to 112, an official said Sunday. More than 700 people have also been hospitalized as a result of Wednesday’s blasts — which triggered a huge fireball — as well as a fire that emergency workers have struggled to put out since then, and fresh explosions on Saturday. At least 21 firefighters are among the dead, according to state media. Authorities on Saturday moved to relocate anyone within three kilometers of the blast site in the northern city over fears of toxic contamination, but have insisted that the disaster did not release dangerous levels of chemicals into the environment.

AFP

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