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Two Slovaks among Katowice victims

THE SLOVAK Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed on January 29 that the tragic collapse of an exhibition hall in Katowice, Poland, claimed the lives of two Slovaks, the SITA and TASR news agencies reported.

Another two Slovaks were injured. One of them is in contact with the Slovak embassy and his condition is stable. The second Slovak was discharged home from hospital after receiving treatment.

At least 66 people lost their lives when the roof collapsed during a racing pigeon show on January 28. Approximately 141 people were injured. At least 13 foreigners were among the injured and among the victims. The roof is thought to have collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.

Premier Mikuláš Dzurinda has sent a letter of condolence to his Polish counterpart Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz. "In these difficult times, let me express my deep sympathy for the families of all the victims on behalf of all Slovak citizens, the Slovak Government, and in my name as well," reads the letter of condolence. Dzurinda also offered to send Slovak rescuers and other professionals to help.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič also sent a letter of condolence to his Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski. He expressed his deep sympathy for the families of all the victims of the tragedy.

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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