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Top leaders urge all-out efforts to save injured in Tianjin blast

Updated: Aug 13,2015 8:31 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have urged all-out efforts to save the injured and minimize casualties in the Tianjin blast.

In an instruction, President Xi called for every effort to search for the missing and contain the fire.

The blast, which occurred at a warehouse in the north China port city on the night of Aug 12, has killed 17 people and injured more than 400, according to rescuers.

Premier Li also urged authorities to intensify search and rescue. He asked the injured to be treated properly to minimize death from injuries.

Premier Li also vowed thorough investigation of the accident and ensure open and transparent information disclosure to the public.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, has dispatched a work group led by Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun to direct rescue and emergency response.

Rescue is under way.