MOSCOW, January 28 (Itar-Tass) – Russian rescuers are ready to help Brazil where a major fire at a nightclub claimed the lives of more than 230 people, Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov said in a telegram addressed to his Brazilian counterpart, EMERCOM spokeswoman Irina Rossius said.
“Russian rescuers, who have witnessed similar tragedies more than once, are with you. Let us know if you need our help,” the Russian minister said.
He expressed condolences in connection with the tragedy. “We learned with deep regret about a national tragedy scope at a youth disco in Santa Maria,” he said.
“We mourn with you and ask you to convey words of support to the next-of-kin of the dead and wish an early recovery to those injured,” the telegram of the Russian minister said.
The fire at the Kiss club in Santa Maria occurred on Sunday. At least 233 people were killed and 106 people are in hospitals with burns, injuries and gas poisoning. A three-day mourning period has been declared in the country.
A similar tragedy at the Lame Horse night club in Perm in December 2009 claimed the lives of 156 people.