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Tianjin Blasts Chinese Premier Visits Blasts Site

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Added On August 18, 2015

As of Monday, a total of 114 bodies had been found from the blast site in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.

The identities of 54 bodies have been confirmed. Another 70 people are still missing.
 
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived at the blast site on Sunday afternoon. 
 
He talked with firefighters, rescuers and those injured in the explosions, and paid his respects to the firefighters who died in trying to put out the blaze.
 
The premier praised firefighters and soldiers who are racing against the clock to search for the 95 people still missing.
 
During a meeting to discuss the rescue plans, Li ordered the swift release of information.
 
The premier also said an investigation team set up by the State Council, or China's cabinet, must find out the cause, and that those responsible must be brought to justice.
 
Officials say more than 2,000 people, including military chemical specialists, are taking part in the search and rescue efforts and the cleaning of hazardous materials found at the blast site.