Lanka seeks compensation from club

Sri Lanka is to seek compensation from a South Korean club where three Sri Lankans were killed following a fire recently.

The Ministry of Foreign Employment said that the bodies of the three victims will be flown back to Sri Lankan tomorrow.

The government is to compensate the families of the three victims who were employed in South Korea at the time of the incident.

At the same time the Ministry of Foreign Employment said that compensation will also be sought from the Korean club which caught fire killing the Sri Lankans and a few others.

Nine people were killed, including three migrant workers from Sri Lanka, and 25 others injured when a fire raged through a karaoke facility in Busan, South Korea last Saturday.

The blaze broke out in one of the 28 rooms at the karaoke lounge on the third floor of a six-story building in the southeastern port city around 8:55 p.m. Saturday, causing smoke to spread quickly through the facility and customers to panic, witnesses and police said.

All of the nine fatal victims — seven men and two women — died from inhaling toxic gases, police said. The dead included three Sri Lankans who were holding a company party with three other Korean colleagues.