Armenian blast death toll rises to 5, over 60 injured | Inquirer News

Armenian blast death toll rises to 5, over 60 injured

/ 05:15 PM August 15, 2022
Armenian blast death toll rises to 5, over 60 injured

Rescue workers and volunteers clear debris as they operate on the site of a retail market in the Armenian capital Yerevan on August 14, 2022, after an explosion sparked a fire, killing one person and injuring 20, according to the emergency situations ministry. AFP

YEREVAN — The death toll from an explosion at a bustling shopping market in the Armenian capital Yerevan rose to five on Monday.

Four women and one man died, over 60 were injured and 19 were missing after Sunday’s blast at the Surmalu wholesale market, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said.

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Search and rescue operations were carried out overnight, it said, with 10 survivors and one body pulled from the rubble.

The explosion caused a fire and led to the collapse of a building.

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The cause has not yet been established, but local news reports, citing witnesses, said the explosion went off at a place that stored fireworks.

Armenian blast death toll rises to 5, over 60 injured

Rescue workers clear debris as they operate on the site of a retail market in the Armenian capital Yerevan on August 14, 2022, after an explosion sparked a fire, killing one person and injuring 20, according to the emergency situations ministry. AFP

Photos and videos posted on social media showed a thick column of black smoke over the market and what appeared to be a series of detonations can be heard.

Prosecutors meanwhile launched a probe into violations “on stocking inflammable goods”, breaches in fire safety standards and the death of people “due to negligence”.

In all, 200 firefighters and medical workers were sent to the scene, as well as fire engines and construction site equipment.

Rescue workers used a digger to clear away rubble, an AFP journalist at the scene reported earlier.

The disaster comes as the country of three million people is still recovering from a 2020 war with Azerbaijan, which ended in a heavy defeat and sparked a political crisis.

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