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Nanjing residents donate blood to aid pipeline blast rescue

07-29-2010 09:51 BJT

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BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhuanet) -- After hearing of the deadly pipeline blast and noticing urgent calls on the Internet for blood donors to come forward, Hua Peijuan decided to make a contribution.

Nanjing residents donate blood after hearing of the deadly pipeline blast and noticing urgent calls on the internet for blood donors.(Photo:
Nanjing residents donate blood after hearing of the deadly pipeline blast and 
noticing urgent calls on the internet for blood donors.(Photo:

Hua, 26, a teacher who just returned home from Beijing on Wednesday morning, went to Gulou Hospital straight after lunch.

To her disappointment, the hospital did not accept blood donations and suggested that she go to the nearest mobile station.

When she arrived in front of the Dayang Department Store in downtown Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, at about 2 pm, there were long queues of volunteers, mostly young people, waiting to donate blood.

It was about 4:30 pm by the time Hua finished, though the procedure itself only took 10 minutes to draw 200cc of blood.

"There are many beautiful people donating their blood today," the Nanjing native wrote on her micro-blog at, where tens of thousands of posts called on people to assist the injured.

Despite the sizzling heat, residents in Nanjing are doing everything they can help the rescue effort following the blast.

Immediately after the explosion, local taxi drivers stepped forward to help transport the injured to six designated hospitals.

Upon hearing news of the blast, many car owners also rushed to the site to offer their assistance.

Receiving so many patients at the same time, some of the hospitals were reported to have run out of blood for transfusions.

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