Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Putin Travels To Scene After Four Killed In Deadly High-Rise Blast

Putin Travels To Scene After Four Killed In Deadly High-Rise Blast

The ministry said on its website that 16 people had been evacuated, and three had been rescued from the debris.

Authorities said five people were hospitalized with injuries, and 35 other residents remained unaccounted for in the accident in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometres southeast of Moscow.

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

Almost 1,400 rescue workers searched in temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Officials said the blast ripped through the building at around 0600am local time when many residents were asleep.

Hundreds of rescue workers raced bitterly cold weather in Russia's Ural Mountains region Monday as they searched for survivors in the hulking concrete blocks from a partially collapsed apartment building where at least four people died.

"We are working carefully because there is a risk that the building will collapse".

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The fate of 79 other people was not clear. Monday was a public holiday in Russian Federation.

A total of 110 people were registered as residents of the affected section of the building, regional authorities said. Cabinet officials arrived in Magnitogorsk to oversee the rescue efforts.

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

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin had been "immediately notified of the tragedy in Magnitogorsk".

The cause of the gas explosion is not immediately known.

There have been several similar incidents in Russian Federation in recent years due to aging infrastructure and poor safety regulations surrounding gas usage.

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