Մատչելիության հղումներ

Armenia Mourns Victims Of Yerevan Market Explosion As Search For Survivors Continues


Armenia’s national flag on a government building in Yerevan flying at half-staff with a black ribbon as the country observes a two-day mourning for victims of the August14 market explosion.

Armenia is mourning the victims of the Surmalu market explosion in Yerevan in which at least16 people died and more than six dozen others were injured on August 14, as rescue works continue to search for missing people.

The government has declared August 17 and 18 days of national mourning for the victims.

Floral tributes near the scene of the August 14 explosion at the Surmalu market in Yerevan.
Floral tributes near the scene of the August 14 explosion at the Surmalu market in Yerevan.

National flags at government buildings have been lowered to half-staff as people brought flowers to the scene of the tragedy.

The cause of the blast is still being investigated.

Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Artush Grigorian said on August 17 that workers were focusing all their efforts on finding any survivors under the debris.

Of the 16 bodies so far recovered, 15 have been identified. Two people are considered missing, but ministry officials believe that the unidentified person found dead might be one of them.

Emergency Situations Minister Armen Pambukhchian said earlier that authorities “practically ruled out” terrorism as a cause of the incident.

A blast and subsequent fire at Surmalu sent a towering cloud of smoke over the Armenian capital on August 14, videos shared on social media showed.

The explosion was in an area where fireworks and other pyrotechnics are stored.

XS
SM
MD
LG