Catholics among initial responders to those injured in Tianjin blast

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August 17, 2015

A person lights a candle for explosion victims at the Chaoyin Temple Aug. 14. The Aug. 12 blast engulfed an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city. (CNS photo/Wu Hong, EPA) See POPE-ANGELUS-ASSUMPTION and CHINA-TIANJIN-RESPOND Aug. 17, 2015.

A person lights a candle for explosion victims at the Chaoyin Temple Aug. 14. The Aug. 12 blast engulfed an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city. (CNS photo/Wu Hong, EPA)

HONG KONG (CNS) — The morning after the industrial blast in Tianjin, China, the Tianjin Diocesan Social Service Center helped line up 60 volunteers to assist the government’s rescue and relief work. The volunteers donated drinking water, clothes and other supplies to hospitals and temporary settlements for evacuees, reported ucanews.com.

At least 114 people were killed and hundreds more injured after a series of explosions rocked Tianjin, a port city about 35 miles east of Beijing, Aug. 12.

Volunteers were briefed on chemical contamination before heading to the disaster area, where officials divided them into groups and dispatched them to various relief camps and hospitals.

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