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Death toll rises to 112 from Tianjin blasts, 95 missing

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2015-08-16 10:54China Daily/Xinhua Editor: Yao Lan

Ten more bodies were found on Saturday night, pushing the death toll from the massive warehouse explosions in North China's Tianjin city to 112 by 9 am on Sunday. Of the bodies, 24 have been identified and 88 others will need DNA testing.[Special coverage]

Another 95 people remain missing, including 85 firefighters.

The latest rescued was a man in his fifties.

Specialized anti-chemical soldiers rescued him only 50 meters away from a burst point Saturday afternoon, two and a half days after two huge explosions at a warehouse for hazardous chemicals at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday following a fire.

The man was conscious and could talk when rescued. He was immediately rushed to the hospital.

The man suffered from respiratory tract burn but was in a stable condition after emergency treatment, said Li Jingmei, a doctor from the No.254 hospital in Tianjin.

Seventy specialized anti-chemical soldiers in heavy uniforms entered the core area of the blasts site on Saturday morning to search for possible lives. Another 90 joined them to work in turns.

Meanwhile, another 1,100 troops were combing nearby residential quarters home by home to search for potential survivors.

Wen Wurui, head of the Tianjin municipal bureau of environmental protection, said environmental specialists are taking measures to prevent air and water pollution caused by chemicals leaked from the blasts.

Authorities have closed three sewage outlets to the sea and also used cement to block all drain outlets at the blast site to avoid pollution of waters outside the site, Wen said.

Other measures include the construction of cofferdams to prevent leaked chemicals from polluting farther when it rains, using hydrogen peroxide to reduce the amount of cyanide, and collection of sewage water at the blast site for special treatment.

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