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Russia: Summer camp to be closed after Karelia lake tragedy 00:53

Russia: Summer camp to be closed after Karelia lake tragedy

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 20, 2016 at 13:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

The summer camp at Kareila Lake where 13 children died on Saturday, will be closed said Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov in Moscow on Monday.

Speaking via video conference from Petrozavodsk, Puchkov ordered the search operation for one child who is still missing to continue by land, air and maritime units:

"Strengthen the forces, inspect the entire coastline, each square centimetre, all the islands. Aviation is working, divers are working. There should be reports every hour on the progress of the search operation".

Regarding the care for the children who survived he said:

"All the children who were in the camp must be under strict control, the camp will be closed. We are performing all the procedures to hand the children to their parents".

Fourteen children drowned after two catamarans and one raft from a summer camp were caught in a storm on Lake Syamozero in Karelia on Saturday. In total, 51 people, including 47 children and four adults, were on board the vessels during the storm.

According to Russia's Investigative Committee, five people have been arrested so far including the director of the Park-Hotel Syamozero where the children stayed.

Russia: Summer camp to be closed after Karelia lake tragedy 00:53
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The summer camp at Kareila Lake where 13 children died on Saturday, will be closed said Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov in Moscow on Monday.

Speaking via video conference from Petrozavodsk, Puchkov ordered the search operation for one child who is still missing to continue by land, air and maritime units:

"Strengthen the forces, inspect the entire coastline, each square centimetre, all the islands. Aviation is working, divers are working. There should be reports every hour on the progress of the search operation".

Regarding the care for the children who survived he said:

"All the children who were in the camp must be under strict control, the camp will be closed. We are performing all the procedures to hand the children to their parents".

Fourteen children drowned after two catamarans and one raft from a summer camp were caught in a storm on Lake Syamozero in Karelia on Saturday. In total, 51 people, including 47 children and four adults, were on board the vessels during the storm.

According to Russia's Investigative Committee, five people have been arrested so far including the director of the Park-Hotel Syamozero where the children stayed.

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