So you may or may not have heard about the disaster that happened in Riga, the capital of Latvia, yesterday. If you haven't heard then yesterday this mall collapsed, and at the time the news said that 4 people had died, and they were still working to clear the rubble and save any people that were still alive. Today after coming home I checked the news again and the death toll had climbed up to 47 people. At this moment, 51 people have been found dead (3 of which are firefighters). Supposedly there are still about 20-30 people in the mall. Are they alive or not, that is not known. Of course, I hope that they are, but I'm not really optimistic about that.
If you live in the United States, 50 people might not seem a lot to you, but if you compare the amount of people living here to the amount of people living in the US, this is kinda like 9/11 for us. This is pretty devastating, because not often terrible things happen around here, we're lucky that we don't have earthquakes, we don't have big storms and tornadoes and we don't have terrorist attacks, so when something like this happens it's a big shock to everyone.
The mall actually is relatively close to where I live and also my big brother manages this chain of pharmacies around the city, one of which was inside that mall, and he often visits them to check up on things, but fortunately he wasn't there at the time, so I'm really glad that this disaster hasn't affected me and my family personally.
It's kinda crazy, if you think about it, I mean who expects to die while shopping? One second you're picking something to eat for breakfast and a second later you're dead. Pretty scary.
You can read more about it here - http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-25045879