Over the last two days, thousands of volunteers, some driving cars full of emergency supplies, have flocked to Tianjin to help victims affected by the series of massive explosions that shook the city on Wednesday evening in any way they can.
Just a few miles away from ground zero of China’s most dramatic industrial disaster in recent memory, volunteers are busy giving out essential goods outside of a school turned shelter (that has since been evacuated with more explosions today).
A man surnamed Guo, 28, who works in finance near the blast site, responded immediately to the explosions. After feeling the ground shake and seeing the news, he and a friend hopped in a car and headed to the site to give rides to the wounded. Emergency responders turned the car away that night, but Guo returned the following morning and lent a hand where needed.
“There are so many people my age here because we’re all part of one Chinese family,” Guo told The WorldPost. “That makes me really happy. Every day we’re signing up so many volunteers.”
A group of taxi drivers also banded together to help send the wounded to nearby hospitals free of charge.
Volunteers have flocked to city hospitals to give blood to help those in need.
At least 85 deaths have been confirmed thus far, including 21 firefighters. An additional 721 people were injured, with 25 still in critical condition, according to a press conference held on this morning.
With yet more blasts occurring earlier today, it looks like the need for selfless volunteers isn’t going to be going away anytime soon.
By Lucy Liu
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