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Police chief stresses transparency in handling Tianjin blasts

Updated: Aug 17,2015 7:54 AM     Xinhua

State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun presides over a conference on rescue work of the massive Tianjin blasts in Tianjin, Aug 17.[Photo by Zhang Duo/Xinhua]

TIANJIN — Public Security Minister and State Councilor Guo Shengkun ordered authorities on Aug 16 release information concerning the Tianjin blasts and rescue operation in a timely and transparent manner, to respond to public concerns.

Speaking at a meeting on rescue work, Guo also urged local authorities to continue to search for survivors while properly disposing of the dangerous chemicals around the blast site and preventing further accidents.

The wounded must be treated with the best medical resources, and psychological assistance should be offered to the injured people and victims’ families, he said.

The authorities concerned must find out the direct cause of the blasts and also trace the loopholes in safety management before the accident, Guo said, adding that those responsible for the disaster will be punished severely.