China vows rigorous probe into Tianjin blast

China has promised a rigorous and thorough probe into the deadly warehouse blasts in country's northern Tianjin city in which 116 people were killed as it formed teams to fix accountability over the incident.

PTI| Updated: Aug 22, 2015, 15:10 PM IST

Beijing: China has promised a rigorous and thorough probe into the deadly warehouse blasts in country's northern Tianjin city in which 116 people were killed as it formed teams to fix accountability over the incident.

Five teams deployed by the Chinese cabinet have been assigned to investigate the cause, accountability and institutional loopholes that led to the fatal explosion, an official told state-run Xinhua news agency.

Initial probe pointed to some influential officials owning the warehouse and storing deadly chemicals flouting rules.

The cabinet has promised a rigorous and thorough probe into the deadly blasts, the report said.

The teams are tasked with surveying the site, collecting evidence, testing samples collected from the site, interviewing witnesses and reviewing the laws and regulations related to incidents such as this.

The findings will be published once all evidence has been submitted to the cabinet, the official said, adding that it was its top priority to ensure the investigation was both timely and accurate.

Two massive explosions destroyed a warehouse in Tianjin, about 115 km from here where over 3000 tonnes of toxic chemicals including over 700 tonnes deadly sodium cyanide were stored.

The twin blasts shattered residential buildings built close the warehouse.

So far the death toll stood at 116 mostly firefighters. About 60 people are still listed missing and 646 undergoing treatment in hospitals.

The government has deployed thousands of people to clean up the area which included thousands of damaged containers as well as over 10,000 newly imported cars which were gutted in the explosions.