Photo gallery: Brazil mourns victims of nightclub fire

SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AFP) - Brazilians on Monday were mourning the victims of a nightclub blaze in a small university town that left more than 230 people dead and over 100 injured, with many still fighting for their lives.

Shocked survivors, mostly science students in Santa Maria, described how scores of revelers were trampled to death or succumbed to smoke inhalation as blocked exits and rising flames caused panic.

Officials said 233 people had been killed, with 116 more injured. Health Minister Alexandre Padilha told reporters the government’s priority was “saving the lives that we still can save.”

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