Today’s Thoughts Are With the Villagio Fire Victims in Qatar
Today in the Villagio Doha, a popular Venice-themed shopping mall in the west end of Qatar’s capital, a fire broke out. Details emerged slowly over what caused the Villagio fire, but most reports on Twitter say that 19 people, mostly children visiting an amusement center on a field trip, have died. The news has finally reached Reuters and Al Jazeera, but officials are still mum on how many people have been killed and injured, as well as with the sharing of details about the fire. Unfortunately rumors are swirling on social media networks and local authorities have not been helpful with their silence. Then there are the louts who believe it is all right to share pictures of body bags on Twitter. What matters, however, is that too many families are suffering an unexplainable grief. Today our thoughts are with the people of Qatar while they cope with this unimaginable suffering. You can follow the details on Twitter via the hashtag #Villagio. Doha News is covering the events as they unfold, and you can see pictures of the rescue on Brian Candy’s Flickr photostream. Update: The best information appears to be on the Doha News live blog. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.