A national nuclear-bio-chemical emergency rescue team is heading from Beijing to the explosion site in Tianjin. [Special coverage]
Led by deputy chief of staff of the Beijing Military command, the team is made up of 214 military officers and soldiers. Their main job is to aid local authorities in carrying out search and rescue operations.
When the blast took place in Tianjin late Tuesday night, the military base in nearby Binhai New Area sent field command vehicles to the site within half an hour. They broadcast live footage of the blast and offered first-hand information to authorities for rescue work.
Currently, three field command vehicles are at the site to live broadcast. The Binhai New Area military base has also mobilized about 130 militia men to aid in the rescue work.
Another rescue team of 125 military officers and soldiers from Tianjin has also joined in the operation.
A 45-person medical team from Beijing arrived early Wednesday morning and set up a temporary clinic about 3 kilometers away from the explosion site. Over 70 of the injured have been treated by the medical team so far.