School supplies donated to blast-affected children in Tianjin

4,000 sets of school supplies have been donated to children in Binhai New Area in China’s northern city of Tianjin.

They include waterproof backpacks, dictionaries, pencils, exercise books and teacups.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)LIU LIHONG, Tianjin Children and Women’s Development Foundation
“These school supplies are a show of love to the children affected by the disaster. We hope they can overcome the difficulties.”

The twin blasts in a warehouse in Tianjin on August 12 caused damage to 16 kindergartens and schools nearby.

Now all these facilities have been renovated and all of the more than 300 schools in the Binhai New Area have reopened for the new semester.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)GUO YU, 2nd Primary School, Tianjin Binhai New Area
“Our school is located near the blast site, so it suffered some losses. We have repaired the windows and doors. We asked our students to go back to school after we made sure that the air quality and soil quality are up to standard.”

The blasts one month ago killed 165 people, including 99 firefighters. Eight are still missing.

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