YEKATERINBURG, November 15 (Itar-Tass) — The Perm Territory-based AVISMA metallurgic production association on Thursday announced a three-day mourning for the victims of the poisonous substance leak, the company's press service told Itar-Tass.
"The mourning will last three days. The company will pay for the funeral arrangements and commemoration events. The families of the fatalities will receive a 3-million-rouble compensation each," the press service said.
Earlier reports said the condition of the persons hurt in the poisoning accident in the town of Berezniki, Perm Territory, was satisfactory.
"The condition of all the hospitalized persons is satisfactory. Two victims rushed to an IT ward on Wednesday will be transferred to the general ward," Berezniki Town Hall spokeswoman Natalia Verbitskaya said.
The accident occurred at the AVISMA metallurgical production associationon Wednesday, November 14. Three persons were killed and another 21 were hospitalized with medium gravity poisoning. There were 58 personnel in the shop as of the moment of the accident.
Criminal proceedings were opened over violations of labor protection rules that resulted in the death of person by negligence.
The investigators said the chlorine unit had developed a leak after an increase in pressure. A special AVISMA commission is looking into the cause of the accident. There has been no confirmation to the report that the leaked poisonous substance was chlorine or chlorine hydride.