Two Slovaks among Katowice victims

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

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

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

At least 62 people lost their lives when the roof collapsed during a pigeon racing event on January 28. Approximately 141 people were injured. At least 13 foreigners were among the victims. The roof is thought to have collapsed under the weight of the snow covering it.

Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda 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. 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.


- Martina Jurinová

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