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Fireworks Warehouse Blast Death Toll Rises To 16 In Armenia

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Fireworks Warehouse Blast Death Toll Rises To 16 In Armenia

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Seventeen people remain missing two days after a fireworks warehouse blast in a market in Yerevan.

According to the emergencies ministry, Rescuers have recovered more bodies from the site of a fireworks warehouse blast in Armenia, raising the death toll from Sunday’s explosion to 16.

Seventeen people remain missing, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, after blasts ripped through the warehouse in a market in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Sunday, causing parts of the building to collapse and injuring at least 60 people.

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The emergencies minister, Armen Pambukhchyan said a pregnant woman and а young child were among the dead, and that search and rescue efforts were ongoing as of Tuesday morning.

It was not clear what caused the blast, which took place in the large Surmalu market, although authorities have ruled out an attack.

The Armenpress news agency cited the government as saying it would declare a day of mourning after the rescue operation is over.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the scene along with officials on Monday.

Fireworks Warehouse Blast Death Toll Rises To 16 In Armenia

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