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Motion death of 24 people as a result of fire at a drug clinic in Azerbaijan

The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

1) notes that twenty-five people perished in a fire at a drug rehabilitation clinic in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, early on Friday 2nd March 2018;
2) further notes that three of the 34 people that were rescued from the blaze were hospitalized;
3) understands that a criminal case has been opened by the prosecution authorities, and an investigation team has been established;
4) recorgnises that the fire completely destroyed a wooden building, in which bed-ridden patients found themselves unable to escape;
5) recalls that the ex-Soviet Caucasus nation has a history of large-scale casualties as a result of fires in residential buildings and elsewhere;
6) further recalls that in October 1995, 289 people died in a metro fire in Baku, in the world's deadliest subway disaster that was caused by outdated Soviet equipment; and
7) conveys its condolences to the government of Azerbaijan and families of the deceased.

     
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