Hundreds of Chinese citizens queued up at hospitals and mobile donation buses to give blood in the aftermath of the Tianjin warehouse explosion.
The blast on Wednesday night killed at least 50 people and injured more than 700 others, including firefighters who responded to initial reports of a fire.
With many of those injured suffering skin trauma, hospitals in and around Tianjin issued appeals for blood donations – and were met with an overwhelming response.
Images and videos posted online, showing queues to donate blood snaking around buildings, were widely shared on Chinese social media.
Hospitals in and around the port city of #Tianjin pleading for blood donation. Please help if you're nearby.— #YourBro (@ashren) August 12, 2015
Touched by the sight of volunteers in Tianjin lining up at one of the hospitals asking nurses whether they need help/blood donations— Sui-Lee Wee 黄瑞黎 (@suilee) August 13, 2015
People lining up to donate blood on Nanjing Rd Tianjin. (Via Weibo) pic.twitter.com/by3iC8Yh01— Fergus Ryan (@fryan) August 13, 2015
Tianjin, a densely-populated port city, was hit by two blasts at a warehouse storing “dangerous” chemicals in the middle of the night.
The second, larger explosion – equivalent to 21 tonnes of TNT – registered as a seismic event with the US Geological Survey and was seen by satellites from space.
Tianjin Explosion - In Pictures
Tianjin Explosion - In Pictures
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A man wearing a mask walks past overturned shipping containers after explosions hit the Binhai new district in Tianjin. Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring around 400, official Chinese media reported.
A screen grab from taken from state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) footage on August 12, 2015 shows a huge explosion in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin.
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Excavators work near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianji
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A man who was injured following the massive explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin receives medical treatment at a hospital.
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View of the destruction after explosions in the port area of Tianjin, northern China,
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A emergency worker is lifted by a crane as smokes plumes from the explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin
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A damaged truck is seen on a highway near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin
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Flames rise as a banner in the background reads "no illegal operations" at the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin, witnesses described a fireball from the blasts ripping through the night sky.
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Smoke rises from shipping containers after explosions at Binhai new district in Tianjin, China.
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Firefighters take a break after trying to put fire down at the explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin,
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A survivor talk on his mobile phone at the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin
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Firefighter's truck and other rescue vehicles are pictured as smoke rises among shipping containers after explosions at Binhai new district in Tianjin
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Damaged cars are seen near the site of explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin
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A paramilitary policeman wears a mask as he blocks the road leading to evacuated residential area and the explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin
On Thursday afternoon, fires still burned at the industrial area but the efforts of firefighters were being scaled down to allow chemical experts to examine the site.
President Xi Jinping issued a statement demanding that authorities “make full effort to rescue and treat the injured and ensure the safety of people and their property”.Reuse content