Russian Federation: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

Russian Federation: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

Russian Federation: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

The Russian Emergency Ministry later said that 35 people remained unaccounted for, and it wasn't clear if they were in the building when it collapsed.

Four people have also been taken to hospital.

The regional governor, Boris Dubrovsky, who is at the site leading rescue operations, told reporters that 50 people might still be under the debris.

RIA news agency said, citing the emergencies ministry, that 48 flats were damaged and that 110 people lived in the building.

President Vladimir Putin traveled to the city in the southern Urals later on December 31, while rescuers searched through the rubble after nearly an entire entryway of the 10-story building came crashing down.

The scene of a part of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk.

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At least four people were killed on Monday after a gas explosion party destroyed a high-rise residential building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow. Monday was a public holiday in Russian Federation.

Local authorities initially said 68 of those registered in the collapsed section of the building were unaccounted for, but later tracked down some of them.

The local branch of Russia's Federal Security Service said the blast was believed to have been caused by a gas explosion.

The explosion shattered windows of nearby buildings, according to a local resident speaking on Echo of Moscow radio.

"The chances are reducing with time", Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said when pressed by reporters on the likelihood of finding trapped survivors.

Gas blasts have become a relatively common occurrence in Russian Federation over recent years as the country struggles to cope with aging Soviet-era infrastructure and loose safety requirements, according to Reuters.

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