Firefighters work at the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 13, 2015. (REUTERS/China Daily)
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The death toll from massive explosions at an industrial area in the Chinese port of Tianjin has risen to 44, the official Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.Twelve firefighters were among the dead, it said citing rescue officials, adding 520 people had been hospitalized, 66 of them critically injured. An AFP reporter at the scene saw shattered glass up to three kilometers (two miles) from the blast site, after a shipment of explosives detonated in a warehouse, raining debris on the city and starting huge fires. Nine firefighters were among the dead, CCTV said, and others were missing.Between 300 and 400 injured people arrived at one single hospital, according to the Beijing News, which cited a worker at another facility saying there were too many patients to count.In 2013, a pipeline explosion at state-owned oil refiner Sinopec's facility in the eastern port of Qingdao killed 62 people and injured 136 .Tianjin, about 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Beijing, is one of China's biggest cities, with a population of nearly 15 million people according to 2013 figures.
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