Schools to open on time in Tian­jin: lo­cal gov’t

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

More than 300 grade schools in the Chi­nese neigh­bor­hood shaken by this month’s deadly blasts will start the fall se­mes­ter on time, the dis­trict gov­ern­ment of Bin­hai in the port city of Tian­jin said Sun­day.

All the schools in the dis­trict had com­pleted reg­is­tra­tion work for classes to start Mon­day, and stu­dents af­fected by the dis­as­ter will re­turn to the class­room, the dis­trict said.

The Aug. 12 ex­plo­sions at a ware­house stor­ing dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals killed 150 peo­ple and left 23 oth­ers miss­ing. It was one of China worst in­dus­trial ac­ci­dents in years.

The tragedy ex­posed the coun­try’s lax en­force­ment of work safety reg­u­la­tions and re­vealed wide­spread dere­lic­tion of du­ties across gov­ern­ment agen­cies. The ware­house in this case was lo­cated too close to homes and stored too much haz­ardous ma­te­rial.

At least 11 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials — from agen­cies over­see­ing trans­porta­tion, port oper­a­tions, work­place safety, plan­ning and land re­sources, and cus­toms — have been de­tained and are faced with charges of dere­lic­tion of duty and abuse of power. China’s top pros­e­cut­ing of­fice said the of­fi­cials should not have is­sued the ware­house the per­mit to han­dle haz­ardous ma­te­rial and that they failed to reg­u­late the oper­a­tions at the ware­house.

Po­lice also have de­tained 12 ex­ec­u­tives and em­ploy­ees of the com­pany run­ning the ware­house as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and are also look­ing into a com­pany sus­pected of pro­vid­ing bo­gus safety assess­ments.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment said schools dam­aged by the ex­plo­sions have been re­paired in time for the fall se­mes­ter.

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