Eight still missing after Tianjin chemical warehouse blasts


The death toll rose to 165 Friday from a series of huge explosions at a chemical warehouse in north-eastern China last month, with eight people still missing, according to official reports.

The toll included 99 firefighters and 11 police killed in the August 12 accident, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Hundreds of people remain in hospital, injured by the multiple explosions that shot into the sky above the port city of Tianjin.

Eleven local officials are being prosecuted over the blasts.

Port officials failed to manage the risk of storing dangerous chemicals, the Ministry of Public Security said.

Families of firefighters who died from the explosions will be compensated 2.3 million yuan (about 370,000 dollars), authorities said late Thursday.

The warehouse, operated by Ruihai International Logistics Company, was storing about 40 substances, including 500 tons of flammable materials and 700 tons of highly toxic substances, mainly sodium cyanide, Xinhua reported.

The blasts caused varying degrees of damage to 17,000 residences, Xinhua reported.