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Russia: Survivors of St. Petersburg metro attack visited by minister of health

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
April 4, 2017 at 11:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

SOT, Journalist (Russian): "Is it serious?"

SOT, Veronika Skvortsova, Russian Health Minister (Russian): "Well, the skin and subcutaneous tissue are damaged. There are heavy skull injuries and burns on the face, head, and hairs. There are burns of the respiratory system."

A survivor of Monday’s St. Petersburg metro blast shared her memory of “a flash of bright light, then darkness and a very unpleasant chemical smell,” speaking from her hospital bed at the St. Petersburg I. I. Dzhanelidze Research Institute of First Aid, Tuesday.

She added that “the train kept moving, then it reached the station, stopped, and we began trying to escape.”

During her observations of survivors receiving treatment at the hospital, Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova told reporters that many were “filled with small fragments, pellets.” She added that “both skin and subcutaneous tissue are damaged. Severe craniocerebral traumas and burns. The burns of the face, of the head, and the hair. There are respiratory burns as well.”

In total 18 survivors of the metro blast are being treated at the Dzhanelidze Research Institute, four of whom remain to be identified.

In an earlier press conference at the institute, Skvortsova stated that a total of 14 people have now been confirmed dead as a result of the attack, with 49 remaining in St. Petersburg’s hospitals.

An unidentified explosive device went off between the Institute of Technology and Sennaya Ploschad metro stations at 14:40 local time (11:40 GMT) on Monday, rocking the St. Petersburg metro network. A second unexploded bomb was reportedly deactivated at Ploschad Vostaniya station.

Russia's Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into the incident and a three-day mourning period has been declared by St. Petersburg authorities, beginning on Tuesday.

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SOT, Journalist (Russian): "Is it serious?"

SOT, Veronika Skvortsova, Russian Health Minister (Russian): "Well, the skin and subcutaneous tissue are damaged. There are heavy skull injuries and burns on the face, head, and hairs. There are burns of the respiratory system."

A survivor of Monday’s St. Petersburg metro blast shared her memory of “a flash of bright light, then darkness and a very unpleasant chemical smell,” speaking from her hospital bed at the St. Petersburg I. I. Dzhanelidze Research Institute of First Aid, Tuesday.

She added that “the train kept moving, then it reached the station, stopped, and we began trying to escape.”

During her observations of survivors receiving treatment at the hospital, Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova told reporters that many were “filled with small fragments, pellets.” She added that “both skin and subcutaneous tissue are damaged. Severe craniocerebral traumas and burns. The burns of the face, of the head, and the hair. There are respiratory burns as well.”

In total 18 survivors of the metro blast are being treated at the Dzhanelidze Research Institute, four of whom remain to be identified.

In an earlier press conference at the institute, Skvortsova stated that a total of 14 people have now been confirmed dead as a result of the attack, with 49 remaining in St. Petersburg’s hospitals.

An unidentified explosive device went off between the Institute of Technology and Sennaya Ploschad metro stations at 14:40 local time (11:40 GMT) on Monday, rocking the St. Petersburg metro network. A second unexploded bomb was reportedly deactivated at Ploschad Vostaniya station.

Russia's Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into the incident and a three-day mourning period has been declared by St. Petersburg authorities, beginning on Tuesday.

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