Saturday, 14 September 2013

Rescue teams finish work at hospital fire site in Novgorod region

Rescue teams have finished their work at the site of a deadly fire at a nursing home for the mentally ill in the Novgorod region, which, as was reported earlier, claimed 37 lives, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Oleg Voronov told journalists on Saturday.

"The emergency and restoration work and the clearance of the rubble have been completed," Voronov said.

Rescuers have retrieved 35 bodies and also body parts from the rubble of the nursing home destroyed by the fire, and the remains will be subjected to forensic medical tests, he said.

Day of mourning will be declared in Novgorod region

The administration of the Novgorod region will make a decision on declaring a day of mourning for those killed in the region's psychiatric hospital fire by Friday evening, the Novgorod region's Governor Sergei Mitin, who is now at the accident site, said.

"I think a day of morning will be declared. We will make a definitive decision by Friday evening," he said.

Saturday 14 September 2013


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