Lots of gathered outdoors a morgue in western Hanoi Wednesday, ready to listen to if their households and associates had been victims of a devastating house fireplace that killed greater than 50 individuals.
The hearth within the 10-storey constructing, which had just one exit and wire-barred balconies, began as residents fell asleep on Tuesday night time.
Neighbours and residents of the constructing within the capital’s southwest mentioned they heard screaming as individuals struggled to flee the flames and thick smoke.
Police mentioned 56 individuals had been killed and 37 injured, whereas state media reported that three youngsters had been among the many lifeless.
On the morgue in a military-owned hospital, officers appeared on the entrance each half hour to announce by way of a loudspeaker that there was one other sufferer for households to establish.
Holding out a photograph on a cell phone or just describing the lifeless, medical employees requested determined kin in the event that they recognised their family members.
Cries broke out every time a match was discovered.
Authorities tried to stop households speaking to journalists, however one man, who didn’t give his identify, mentioned his daughter had died and feared his spouse had additionally perished.
“I misplaced my daughter, who was staying together with her mom,” he mentioned by way of tears.
Not sure the place his spouse was, he instructed AFP: “I suppose she didn’t make it both.”
One group of 5 girls, sitting on the ground outdoors the morgue, mentioned their “entire household had gone”.
“They had been our youngsters and grandchildren,” they mentioned.
– ‘A lot struggling’ –
Elsewhere within the morgue, households who knew their family members had died sat ready for hours to gather the our bodies.
One man, who gave his identify as Dung, mentioned his two younger cousins, a person and a girl, had been among the many lifeless. That they had come from their residence in close by coastal Thai Binh province to review.
“They had been at college right here. Our household purchased them this small house.
“We’re ready right here to convey again them again to our residence province for burial, however we do not know when they’re going to launch the physique.”
State media reported that Hanoi would offer round $1,500 to households for every grownup who had died. Compensation would even be given for many who had misplaced a baby.
The house block, which is down a slim alley in a residential space of the capital, was residence to a number of younger households. Many had come from different provinces to work or to review.
Round 150 individuals lived within the constructing, which had no emergency ladder on the surface.
Survivor Tran Thi Lien, 65, who purchased her second-floor house within the block eight years in the past, instructed AFP that residents had requested higher fireplace security gear many occasions.
“They nonetheless didn’t do it,” she mentioned.
“When individuals die like this… it causes a lot struggling.”