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Death Toll Rises to 161 in Tianjin Blast
   2015-09-05 20:17:14    CRIENGLISH.com/Xinhua      Web Editor: Li Linxi

Rescuers clean up containers at the core area of the warehouse explosion in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Aug. 29, 2015. The death toll from the explosions more than two weeks ago rose to 150 on Sunday, according to rescue authorities. Two of the three heaps of containers at the core area has almost been cleaned up. [Photo: Xinhua/Guo Yu]

The remains of one of the 13 missing in the Tianjin warehouse blast has been identified, bringing the total death toll to 161, it was announced Saturday.

The dead include 96 firefighters, 11 policemen and 54 others.

There are still 12 people missing, including eight firefighters.

Hundreds more remain in hospital.

Two blasts ripped through a warehouse in Tianjin Port where hundreds of tonnes of toxic chemicals were stored, including around 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide, at around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 12.

The explosions seriously damaged two residential compounds nearby and more than 3,000 new cars in a parking area close to the site.

According to local authorities, a monument will be built on the blast site in memory of those who lost their lives in the accident.

In addition, there are also plans to build primary schools and kindergartens in the area, and over 5,000 apartments have been made available to those who lost their homes as a result of the explosion.

On Saturday, no cyanide was detected from water samples from outside and near the exclusion zone.

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