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37 dead, dozens missing after tragic mall fire in Russia’s Kemerovo

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MOSCOW — At least 37 people have died and dozens other missing in a fire in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russian news agencies have reported, citing authorities.

State news agency TASS said 69 others were missing, many of them children, and more than 100 people had been evacuated from the complex, which contains cinemas, restaurants and shops.

Several hundred people, including many children, were in the mall at the time. Tragically, some reportedly had left their children unattended in one of the mall’s cinema halls or at the playground.

As rescuers continue to search the burned-out shopping mall, many have been frantically trying to reach their relatives, including children who were in the mall’s cinema or play area when the fire started.

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TASS quoted firefighters as saying 40 of the missing were children, and 43 people were injured in the blaze. It also reported that 13 bodies were found in one of the movie theatres.

Some 37 people were killed in the blaze, the Russian Investigative Committee has confirmed. At least 11 children were among the victims.

Reports from witnesses have described panic as people realized there was a fire spreading, with many saying on social media that there were no fire alarms or loudspeaker warnings, and that people had to find their own way through the top floor of the mall, which was already filled with smoke.

Amid conflicting reports, some have described the source of the fire as the children’s playground, suggesting that the trampoline there caught fire after a child allegedly misused a lighter. Another version suggests that electrical wiring at the playground had short-circuited.

The fire, which broke out on Sunday afternoon, was finally contained some 12 hours later, after engulfing some 1,600 square meters. The building sustained severe damage, its roof and floors partially collapsing.

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3 die as building collapse near Delhi, dozen more people feared trapped

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NEW DELHI — At least three people have confirmed died after a six-storey building collapsed and fell on another building in Greater Noida near New Delhi of India on Tuesday night.

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) team has recovered three bodies from under the debris of the building that collapsed in Greater Noida’s Shah Beri village.

Bodies of two people were first recovered from the remains of the four-storey building at around 1:15 am. Six hour later, a third body was recovered. A woman is among those who died in the collapse.

At least a dozen more people including children are feared trapped in the debris,the police say.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate and the police to monitor relief and rescue activities along with the NDRF team.

The agitated locals say though the buildings collapsed at around 8:30 pm, the police reached the spot almost an hour after they were informed.

Meanwhile, three people, including the man who owned the under-construction site, have been arrested, police said.

Eighteen families lived in the building in the Shah Beri village, according to reports.

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