RIGA, Nov 25 (LETA) - Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony Center) has suspended six members of the Riga City Council's construction board who authorized documents on construction and reconstruction of the "Maxima" supermarket in Riga's Zolitude.
The head of the construction board, Inguss Vircavs has not been suspended, because he took the job only this year.
As reported, a total of 54 dead bodies have been recovered from the "Maxima" supermarket that collapsed Thursday evening. Several dozen people have been hospitalized.
The police are looking at three possible theories of what could have caused the roof of the "Maxima" supermarket to collapse. The first is that architectural design and construction supervision standards may have been violated at the supermarket. The second theory is that construction regulations could have been violated during the first stage of the construction of the "Maxima" store, and the third deals with possible violations during the recent upgrades to the building.
The Riga supermarket tragedy has become the largest loss of life since the restoration of independence in 1991. On February 23, 2007, a fire engulfed the "Regi" nursing home building in Alsunga (Kuldiga District), killing 26 persons inside.