Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Three dead and dozens missing in Russian apartment block explosion

Three dead and dozens missing in Russian apartment block explosion

The explosion at a residential building in Magnitogorsk resulted in the collapse of one of its sections and damaged some 48 apartments where 110 people lived, according to media reports.

Russian rescuers are searching for people still trapped under the rubble of a city apartment block that partly collapsed in a suspected gas blast, killing at least four, according to the RIA news agency.

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.

An entire section of the 12-storey residential building collapsed when a gas explosion tore through the high-rise in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk almost 1,700kms (1,050 miles) east of Moscow in the Ural mountains.

Local television footage showed rescuers combing through mangled heaps of concrete and metal in temperatures of -18 Celsius (-0.4 Fahrenheit). Cabinet officials arrived in Magnitogorsk to oversee the rescue efforts.

Four people were confirmed dead and another four, including two children, were hospitalised, officials said, citing the latest information.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Magnitogorsk after being notified of the tragedy.

Magnitogorsk is located some 1,700 kilometers southeast of Moscow.

Russia's emergencies ministry told news agencies it could have caused by gas.

The Soviet-era high-rise was built in 1973 and was home to around 1,100 people. Residents were evacuated to a nearby school.

People look at the scene of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk.

An entrance hall in the apartment building collapsed.

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