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Shanghai authorities say sorry for fire

11-24-2010 08:32 BJT

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Shanghai authorities say they cannot shirk the responsibility for the high-rise building fire that claimed 58 lives. The Municipal government held a second briefing on the aftermath of the tragedy.

A week has past since the deadly blaze.

Thousands came to the charred frame of the apartment building to mourn the 58 people who died in the November 15th fire.

Zhang Renliang, the head of Jing'an district, where the building is located says the families of each victim will be given almost a million yuan in compensation.

Zhang said, "We're in great sorrow for the incident. We take responsibility for this accident. Every victim and those who have been affected will be provided with compensation and help. Their destroyed apartments will be compensated at full price."

Shanghai mayor, Han Zheng says poor supervision in the local construction market is the main cause of the accident. He feels deep guilt and remorse over the incident.

The fire swept through the 28 story-building Monday last week after sparks from welding equipment set nylon construction netting and bamboo scaffolding alight.

Xu Jianguang, Director of Shanghai Health Bureau, said, "Among the 71 people injured in the fire, five have been discharged from hospital. Another six have recovered from critical situation."

The official says all survivors are now in stable condition and have been provided with psychological treatment.

Residents who escaped from the fire and are living in temporary shelters will be provided accommodations as long as necessary.

The city's mayor says that from now on, the day of the fire -- November 15th will be recognized as public safety day in Shanghai.

Shanghai authorities say they cannot shirk the responsibility for the high-rise
building fire that claimed 58 lives. The Municipal government held a second briefing
on the aftermath of the tragedy.

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