m to stumble on the roads. “One year, it was snowing, and I walked more than one hour to the s
chool. My colleague helped me half of the way — otherwise, I might have fallen into the gully,” he said.
Gao Yangyao, who worked with Gao Ziren for many years, said that “he has difficulty walking, but he is usually the first to come to school.”
Gao Ziren’s Mandarin Chinese was not so good in the beginning, and he continued listening to radio broadcasts to improve his pro
nunciation. When students had the wrong pronunciation, he would correct them, even when it cost the whole class time.
In 1980s, the mountainous area had poor teaching conditions, with a lack of desks and benches, so Gao br
ought some desks and benches from home. When some impoverished students had no stationery, he would buy it for them.
Gao Xiaomei, one of the first students Gao Ziren taught and now a school principal in Meiling, said that he taught child
ren carefully and usually walked close to students to help them solve problems. His carefulness led her to be a teacher.
eceiving treatment on his face. Sang, with long bloody scars on his cheek, mouth and nose, said that he was blessed to have survived the blast that happened just 100 meters away from him.
“I was driving a car passing the explosion site and suddenly felt the car pushed away fiercely by a wave,” he said.
According to rescue headquarters, more than 1,600 houses near the explosion site have been repaired, and the
remaining houses that suffered slight damage, such as broken windows and doors, will be repaired in a week. Owners of houses beyo
nd repair will get financial compensation or move to newly-established communities.
he State Council, China’s Cabinet, set up a special investigation group for the blast. The group on Saturday said the probe wo
uld be thorough and with no leniency. It also severely criticized the local government and the company invol
ved for not learning lessons from previous environmental violations and failing to make effective rectifications.
Official records show that the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company, where the explosion too
k place, had been punished several times previously for using safety loopholes and violating environmental prote
ction regulations. Chenjiagang Chemical Park experienced several similar safety accidents in past years, too.