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China sends in medical teams to cope with casualties of Tianjin blast

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4475 (Published 18 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4475
  1. Michael Woodhead
  1. 1Sydney

China’s health authorities have activated disaster response plans to send in medical teams to help treat hundreds of casualties from the massive Tianjin chemical explosion on Wednesday 12 August.

Official reports have said that at least 112 people were killed, 95 were missing, and 722 were admitted to hospital for treatment of injuries from the blast, which destroyed a wide area around a container storage area in the northeastern port city of Tianjin.

Many of the dead and wounded people were firefighters sent to tackle the blaze that triggered the huge explosion at around midnight on 12 August.

Doctors treating casualties at the nearby Taida Hospital said that most of the injuries were blast injuries such as burns and fractures, although hundreds of nearby residents were also …

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