Four New Fires Hit Tianjin Port

Four new fires have erupted at the Tianjin port blast site in China, according to Xinhua news agency.

The fires have been reported within the 3-kilometer area that has been evacuated amid extremely high contamination level of cyanide, estimated to be around 356 times higher from the level safe for human health.

Fire fighters have been rushed to the site to extinguish the fires, one detected at a car logistics site and the remaining three within the central blast area, Xinhua said.

The two blasts ravaged the port on August 12 and have taken the toll of 116 people, with more than 700 people injured and 70 more still missing.

Reports from Xinhua indicate that the cause of the accident is likely to be connected with corruption, as executives of the warehouse operator that exploded Ruihai International Logistics Co. admitted to using connections to obtain their licence. Names of several other officials, who are believed to be involved in the case,  have appeared in local newspapers as being investigated.

The Chinese authorities continue investigating the case.

World Maritime News Staff

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