lunes, 17 de agosto de 2015
Tianjin Death Toll at 114 as Rain Portends Poison Gas Release
Ten more bodies have been found at the site of last week's massive explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, raising the death toll to 114, municipal officials said Monday morning.
- With storms moving into the area, environmental officials raised concerns that sodium cyanide exposed by the explosions Wednesday could release poisonous hydrogen cyanide into the air.
- Seventy other people remained missing Monday morning, many of them firefighters, five days after the huge blasts at a warehouse storing hazardous materials, officials said at a news conference in Tianjin.
- He Shuishan, vice mayor of Tianjin, said crews were racing to collect dozens of tons of sodium cyanide at the site by late afternoon Monday.
Sodium cyanide is water-soluble, and "if there is rain, it will produce hydrogen cyanide, so we are monitoring it closely," said Bao Jingling, chief engineer for the Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau. Source