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Saturday 25 November 2017

WATCH: Utter devastation - Drone footage reveals massive crater where factory once stood

The huge crater where the factory once stood, two months on from the explosion
The huge crater where the factory once stood, two months on from the explosion Credit:YouTube/tianjinlive
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people run near a blast site at Xiditou Village in the Beichen District of Tianjin, north China
Rescuers are seen at the site of an explosion at a warehouse in Beichen district in Tianjin

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Two months ago the Chinese city of Tianjin was the site of a huge factory explosion.

A chemical plant in the port city blew up, killing 165 people and destroying buildings in a 5km range.

This new drone footage reveals the gaping crater which now lies where the factory once stood.



Local media report that the site has been drained of the toxic water that it had contained.

The video states that 17,000 apartments in the factory's vicinity were damaged by the blasts, with windows shattering and doors being blown off their hinges.

Although a large scale clean up operation has taken place workers are continuing to move toxic chemicals off the charred site.

Read More: Blast rocks Chinese city of Tianjin, two months after massive explosions

Following the disaster, the factory was found to be housing 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide, which is 70 times the legal limit in China.

Its owner, Ruihai International Logistics, were working with very hazardous chemicals for over a year, but only obtained a licence to handle the volatile chemical two months prior to the explosion.

Read More: Nine people missing after blast at Chinese factory

Last week, the Chinese government said it would re-locate hazardous chemical companies in Tianjin to an industrial zone about 30 km away from the site of the explosion, and at least 10 km away from the nearest residential area.

The government also announced plans to build a high school, a primary school and a kindergarten around the park as well, which is set to be completed in July 2016.

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