Philanthropist and millionaire Chen Guangbiao was sent to the hospital for treatment after assisting in emergency services to clear debris near the site of multiple blasts that rocked Tianjin last week.
Chen arrived in Tianjin along with a team of rescuers and crane trucks on August 14, a day after a series of explosions ripped through a warehouse storing hazardous goods in the city’s Binhai district. After around 30 hours, he complained of feeling tightness in his chest and was sent to a nearby hospital. Chen was diagnosed as having “moderate poisoning” and was treated for his injuries.
He said he plans on continuing to aid in emergency efforts, according to an iFeng News report.
Aerial footage shows a massive crater now visible at the warehouse grounds.
“Navigating through the blast zone is extremely dangerous, because of the burning chemicals and twisted containers, which could collapse at any minute. We had to make marks in order not to get lost,” Wang Ke, head of a group of chemical specialist soldiers, said in a CCTV report.
The blasts at the Ruihui International Logistics warehouse, which stored hazardous chemicals including sodium cyanide and potassium nitrate, have left at least 114 people dead, with 70 still missing. Among the deceased are 39 firefighters and five policemen.
Local monitoring centers say that air quality in the city is now normal, and the Tianjin deputy mayor in charge of work safety said at a press conference yesterday that sodium cyanide within a three-kilometer radius of the core blast site would be neutralized by the end of the day.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang went to the to the explosion site on Sunday afternoon and urged 24-hour environmental monitoring with regular updates.
[Images via iFeng]