Al­co­hol death toll in city rises to 49

The Times-Tribune - - World -

The death toll from al­co­hol poi­son­ing in a Siberian city has risen to at least 49 Mon­day af­ter the vic­tims con­sumed a coun­ter­feit bath lo­tion con­tain­ing deadly methanol.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials in Irkutsk went house-to-house in search for more vic­tims and in­tro­duced a state of emer­gency Mon­day, while the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment called for tighter reg­u­la­tion of the al­co­hol mar­ket.

The sale of lo­tions and tinc­tures con­tain­ing al­co­hol has risen in re­cent years as Rus­sia has plunged into re­ces­sion un­der the im­pact of Western sanc­tions and a slide in oil prices. Poi­son­ings caused by cheap sur­ro­gate al­co­hol are a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence, but the Irkutsk case was un­prece­dented in its scale.

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