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Tianjin Death Toll Climbs to 114, Port’s Commodity Operations Resume

The number of fatalities from Wednesday’s fiery explosion at a warehouse in the Chinese port city of Tianjin has climbed to 114, officials said Monday.

Chinese authorities have ordered the evacuation of everyone within about two miles of the blast site because hundreds of tons of sodium cyanide—exposure to which can be lethal—were stored in the complex and storms moving into the area could release poisonous hydrogen cyanide into the air. Tianjin, which has a population of about 15 million, is roughly 75 miles from Beijing.

Despite this, many operations have resumed at the port. “At present, ships—apart from those carrying hazardous goods or bunker oil—are entering and exiting Tianjin Port’s north section normally. All other berths are operating normally, according to sailing plans,” Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration’s traffic control department said in a statement.

Seventy people remained missing Monday morning, most of them firefighters, five days after a series of explosions shook the city. China’s earthquake center measured two of the explosions at magnitudes of 2.3 and 2.9. Their impacts could be felt as far as six miles away. More than 700 people were hospitalized, with burns, cuts and other injuries, and about 6,300 have been displaced, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.