Deadly blast partly destroys Russian apartment block

31 December, 2018, 17:24 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • MIRACLE The child was pulled out 17 hours after the last person was found alive in the rubble

Temperatures in Magnitogorsk were expected to plunge to minus 23 Celsius on New Year's night, the biggest holiday of the year in Russian Federation.

This handout picture released by The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry shows emergency officers as they gather after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia's Urals city of Magnitogorsk.

A large section of the building collapsed after a gas explosion around 6 am local time at the high-rise in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, almost 1,700 kilometres east of Moscow in the Ural mountains.

In 2015, at least five people were killed when a gas blast damaged an apartment building in the city of Volgograd.

Russian news agencies say at least 2 people died and 10 were rescued after a section of a high rise housing apartment collapsed in Magnitogorsk.

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The blast took place at 4am local time on Monday (23:00 GMT) in the southern city of Magnitogorsk, RIA said.

Almost 1,400 rescuers searched for people who might be buried under building debris in temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Emergency officials admitted that they were racing against time as the frigid weather reduces the chances to find anyone alive. President Vladimir Putin arrived in the city to oversee the rescue efforts.

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

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.

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