Li: Blasts must bring harsh penalty

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Premier Li Ke­qiang urged harsh pun­ish­ment for those re­spon­si­ble for the deadly blast that left 165 peo­ple dead and eight oth­ers miss­ing last month in Tian­jin port.

“We should learn the lessons from the ac­ci­dent, and the blood should not be lost in vain,” he told a meet­ing at­tended by of­fi­cials in charge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the ac­ci­dent.

Huge ex­plo­sions oc­curred at a ware­house owned by Rui­hai In­ter­na­tional Lo­gis­tics on Aug 12, killing 165 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 99 fire­fight­ers and 11 po­lice of­fi­cers, and dev­as­tat­ing the port area.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found that the com­pany had vi­o­lated rules and reg­u­la­tions for stor­ing and trans­port­ing dan­ger­ous chem­i­cal sub­stances.

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