At least 20 people are feared to have died in a fire in Katmandu on Monday (9 July) which devastated the Nepal Government building.
LV & GV Secretariat on fire (7 shots)
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Background: At least 20 people are feared to have died in a fire in Katmandu on Monday (9 July) which devastated the Nepal Government building.
Most of the victims lost their lives as walls of the huge wood and concrete structure fell on them during salvage operations.
Troops surrounded the sprawling office complex known as the Singha Durbar (Lion Palace) as thousands of people crowded around to watch the fire.
Among the offices destroyed were those of the Prime Minister the Education Minister, the Finance Minister and the Foreign Office. Tons of official documents were lost.
SYNOPSIS: At least twenty people lost their lives in a fire which destroyed most of the sprawling Nepal Government building in Katmandu on Monday. The fire was first noticed just after midnight, and nearly twelve hours later, it was still burning fiercely. Most of the victims lost their lives when they went into the sprawling office complex -- known as the Lion Palace -- to begin salvage work. They were trapped by collapsing walls of the concrete and wood structure. At the height of the blaze, army teams set off a series of dynamite explosions to separate portions of the building engulfed in the fire. Police were also asked to keep the crowds away from the grounds a the flames began to rise. The fire destroyed at least seventy-five-per-cent of the building... including the offices of the Prime Minister, the Education Minister, the Foreign Minister and the Finance Minister.