Tatarstan authorities to pay 300,000 rubles to families of MS Bulgaria wreck victims.

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KAZAN, July 12 (Itar-Tass) —— Tatarstan authorities will pay 300,000 rubles to each family, which has lost members in the MS Bulgaria wreck, a source at the republican government told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Up to 100,000 rubles will be paid to the injured depending on the degree of injuries. Some 10,000 rubles will be paid in compensation for property lost in the shipwreck.

The families of people who died in the MS Bulgaria wreck will get one million rubles each in compensation, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said earlier in the day.

“The families of the dead will receive one million rubles; people with heavy and medium injuries will be paid 400,000 rubles, while people with light injuries will have 200,000 rubles,” he said.

“It is a big tragedy and the death toll is high, many children are dead. I once again express profound condolences on behalf of the Russian government,” he said.

The government of Tatarstan will announce the amount of compensations later in the day. “The sums will be smaller, but the republic will help these people in distress,” he said.

Tatarstan President Ruslan Minnikhanov has visited the Republican Forensic Medical Bureau in Kazan to speak to the families of the MS Bulgaria wreck victims.

“The whole country is mourning the dead together with you,” he said.

The search for the bodies continues, and about 170 divers are involved, he said. The search zone has grown to 50 meters, he said.

A source at the republican healthcare ministry told Itar-Tass that 65 bodies, including that of a pregnant woman, had been brought to Kazan for identification. Fifty-three adults and five children have been identified.

Ninety bodies have been retrieved from water on the MS Bulgaria wreck site, the Emergency Situations Ministry told Itar-Tass.

“There is an official confirmation to 90 deaths,” the ministry said. Thirty-nine people are still missing.

The MS Bulgaria sank in a storm in the Kuibyshevskoye dam lake on July 10. The ship built in 1955 titled to the right and sank within minutes. It had the maximum capacity of 140 people but carried 192, some of them unregistered. Seventy-nine people were rescued.

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