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Protests as Romanian nightclub death toll rises

A protest in Bucharest last week Credit: Reuters

Protests have been held in Romania as the death toll rises from the nightclub fire.

Three more victims of the nightclub fire have died, bringing the total death toll from the blaze to 44.

The government resigned last week after thousands of protesters took to the streets to express their anger at the government, which many regard as corrupt.

The demonstrations have continued, with more protests held this weekend.

The fire at the Colectiv nightclub left 109 other people in hospital, 48 of them in a serious or critical condition.

The medical director of the state burns hospital, Cristian Nitescu said a man died late on Saturday.

Mediafax news agency reported two other patients died early on Sunday, including a Turkish man studying in Romania, and a woman who worked at the club's bar.

Death toll from Romanian nightclub fire rises to 32

Two women comfort each other after the tragedy. Credit: Reuters

The death toll from a nightclub fire in Romania is now 32 and could rise further, officials say.

Some 130 people remain in hospital, of whom 90 are in a critical or serious condition, medical authorities said.

A spark during a pyrotechnics show is believed to have ignited foam in the Colectiv basement club in Bucharest during a heavy metal gig last Friday.

A local journalist told ITV News the club only had two exits for panicked concert goers to escape the flames.

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Autopsies begin on Romanian nightclub fire victims

Forensic experts have begun carrying out autopsies of the victims of a fire and stampede in a Romanian nightclub which killed 27 people and injured 180.

Mourners light candles in tribute to those who died when fire broke out at a Bucharest nightclub. Credit: Reuters

Romania's government declared three days of national mourning on Saturday after the incident at the Colectiv Club in Bucharest.

Deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat said 17 of the 27 dead had yet to be identified and 146 people remained in hospital. He said no fire permit was requested by the club nor granted to them by the Bucharest firefighting department.

"Unfortunately, the death toll may change taking into account the severity of their injuries," Arafat said after an emergency meeting early on Saturday.

Prime Minister Victor Pontaordered checks on clubs across the country to see whether safety and fire standards are being observed.

Romanian nightclub 'only had two exits'

The Romanian nightclub where 27 people died in an explosion during a rock concert last night "only had two exits", according to a local journalist who has been to the venue.

Sorin Bogdan told ITV News that when a pillar and part of the club's ceiling went up in flames panicked concert goers would have been trying to escape "where only a small exit existed."

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