Kazakhstan to conduct security checks in country's malls

Kazakhstan to conduct security checks in country's malls

Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagyntayev ordered the government to conduct inspections of compliance with fire safety in the shopping centers of the country after the tragedy in Russia's Kemerovo.

"We should learn a lesson from this accident. Now this is the top discussion in the social media, bloggers go to check the shopping malls if the emergency exits are open or closed," Sagintayev said during the government session.

He ordered the Interior Ministry, firefighting services along with the local authorities to check the shopping centers and take necessary measures.

Sagyntayev made Deputy PM Askar Mamin responsible for the security checks, AKIpress reported.

The fire started on the top floor of the four-storey Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping mall on March 25, engulfing an area of some 1500 square meters. According to the most recent data, a total of 64 people were killed in the fire, 60 injured were treated in hospitals, 15 of them were hospitalized and 40 received outpatient care. The bodies of 25 victims have already been identified. 

A criminal case was opened into negligence and violation of fire safety requirements resulting in the death of numerous people.