The Hitrino Inferno: Burials, Pledges and Solidarity

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Bulgaria, Latest - No comments

Tamer Yusuf, Deniz Yusuf, Akif Ragul, Feime Alayidin and Hanife Ali, five Hitrino residents, who lost their lives in the explosion which rocked the village after the train derailment on Saturday morning, were buried in neighbouring villages yesterday. Since the danger of additional explosions in Hitrino itself still exists, none of the victims could be buried there. Some of the dead still have to be identified, using the DNA method.

A large burial service was held in the town of Shumen, where ten Imams read prayers. At least most of the victims were Muslims.

While Bulgaria seemed divided in some ways, it looked like the country was coming together here, in order to help the families of the dead and the injured of Hitrino.

Hitrino mayor Basri received food vouchers worth thousands of Leva yesterday. The Bulgarian government announced an aid package for Hitrino worth 10 million Leva (around 5 million Euro).

The Bulgarian Red Cross had launched fund-raising activities on Sunday. Donations can be made via SMS messages or wire transfers. Even British expats in Veliko Tarnovo started a collection for Hitrino. 

On Monday, President Plevneliev called for solidarity with the victims of the Hitrino blast. He said, Bulgarians should open their hearts.

In the meantime, the Bulgarian government thanked Israel, Turkey and Hungary for offering assistance, saying Bulgaria would cope on its own.

By im.

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.

Photo: Bulgarian Interior Ministry

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