June 19, 2013
Brazil's Rousseff announces three-day mourning
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced an all-nation three-day mourning following a night club tragedy in south Brazil’s Santa María that killed over 230 people.
According to latest figures, a fire that broke at the Kiss club killed 233 people, including 120 men and 113 women. Over 90 people remain injured in hospitals with 14 of them in delicate condition. So far, 185 of killed people were identified.
Earlier, Tarso Genro, the governor of Rio Grande do Sul state, where the club was located, announced a week-long mourning in the state.
The fire began on early Sunday morning when a band on stage of the Kiss club started a fireworks display. Thick smoke engulfed the venue after acoustic insulation caught fire. There were at least a thousand of people, most of them students of a local university, when the fire erupted.
Panic intensified when security guards locked the exit. Media reports said the guards were unaware of the blaze and tried to stop people from leaving the building without paying.