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Date: 5 December 2015 19:47
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.5
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed a decree Dec.5 to create a state commission under the chairmanship of the country’s Prime Minister Artur Rasizade to handle the accident at the SOCAR platform.
The state commission has been created to speed up the rescue work, coordinate the activities of the relevant state bodies, investigate the cause of the accident and eliminate the consequences.
A strong fire broke out on a platform at offshore Guneshli field of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Dec.4.
Adverse weather conditions and the strong storm have complicated the rescue work. However, 32 people were rescued and evacuated from the scene, while one has died, according to the preliminary data. Currently a search is underway for those missing.
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