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News Over thirty people dead in Bucharest club fire, many injured

  1. Nov 6, 2015 #1

    Krylov

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    This happened a week ago, during a Halloween party on Friday the 30th of October. For recent developments, please see

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34720074
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34720183

    Meanwhile, a wiki page was established

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colectiv_nightclub_fire

    This disaster is suspected to be the result of negligence on the part of the club owners and government agencies. According to many Romanians, it is a deadly symptom of widespread corruption in the country.
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2015 #2

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    There was a similar incident in the US in 2003. One hundred people died, and nearly another 200 injured.
    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/02/21/deadly.nightclub.fire/

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/02/21/nightclub.pyro/index.html

    It could happen anywhere if folks ignore regulations and safety protocols.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2015 #3

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    Interesting contrast in assignment of blame between the New York 2003 club fire and this one in Romanian. Apparently the Romanians are marching in the streets demanding a change of government, blaming corrupt government officials. In the US incident, the band manager and the club manager went to jail, with no accusations on government officials.
     
  5. Nov 7, 2015 #4

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    Death toll from Romania fire reaches 38, former mayor arrested
    http://news.yahoo.com/death-toll-romania-fire-reaches-38-former-mayor-143727983.html

    Two victims died in the Netherlands where they were sent for treatment.

    Another 107 persons are in hospital with 48 in serious or critical condition.

     
  6. Nov 9, 2015 #5

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    Thank you for pointing this out, I'm a bit ashamed to say that I did not remember this at all. It's even more of a shame to see that not much seems to have been learnt from these disasters.
    This is a big contrast indeed. I suspect that government agencies enforcing safety regulations in the USA, although undoubtedly flawed as well, in principle take their responsibilities seriously and are therefore trusted in majority by the public? In Romania the opposite is true and corruption is the rule instead of the exception throughout the entire public sector. For instance, compare the USA (#17) and Romania (#69) here

    https://www.transparency.org/cpi2014/results

    Therefore, I think that this fire may have been the drop that spilled the glass.
    Thank you, Astronuc. Yes, by the time of this response the death toll has risen to 45. The two people that died in the Netherlands did so while still on the plane and while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, respectively. Not transporting them apparently wasn't an option, as this would have meant a sure death. Now they succumbed after all. I feel very strongly for them and their loved ones.
     
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