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Two Russians among dead people in supermarket collapse in Riga - Latvian Foreign Ministry

November 23, 2013, 18:39 UTC+3 RIGA
An Armenian citizen has been reported among the victims of the supermarket collapse
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RIGA, November 23, 18:28 /ITAR-TASS/. Two Russians died when the roof of a supermarket collapsed in the Latvian capital, Latvian Foreign Ministry spokesman Janis Silis told Radio Baltkom.

“Two Russians - a man and a woman, who had Russian passports and Latvian temporary resident permit, died in the collapse of a supermarket in Riga,” a spokesman to the Latvian Foreign Ministry told Itar-Tass.

Till now their names have not been specified, the diplomat said.

An Armenian citizen has been reported among the victims of the supermarket collapse, the ministry said.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening, November 21. One of the walls and then the roof collapsed.

Rescue works have been continuing for more than 40 hours. At the moment at least 150 rescuers are involved in the operation. About 300 metres of the debris should be checked.

Policemen said fifty-two people, including three rescuers, had been killed, during the incident. At least 40 people received traumas. Twenty-nine people were taken to hospital.

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