Xi sends condolences to Putin over Russian mall fire

ANI | Updated: Mar 27, 2018 16:31 IST

Beijing [China], Mar 27 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping has condoled the fire incident at Russia's Zimnyaya Vishnya (Winter Cherry) shopping mall that claimed 64 lives.

According to the People's Daily, President Xi sent a condolence message to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

He said, "On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, and also in his own name, I deeply mourn those killed in the fire and show sympathy to the bereaved families and those injured."

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also sent a similar message to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

A major fire broke out on Sunday at the fourth floor of the shopping mall where victims were present inside a theatre.

Over a 100 people had to be evacuated, while 12 injured were hospitalized. Thirty six persons received out-patient medical assistance.

Around 660 emergency personnel were deployed to the location to conduct rescue operations that lasted for over 17 hours.

A criminal investigation has also been launched in the case. (ANI)