4 dead, dozens missing after gas explosion hits Russian Federation high-rise

4 dead, dozens missing after gas explosion hits Russian Federation high-rise

4 dead, dozens missing after gas explosion hits Russian Federation high-rise

Cold weather (close to minus 20 degrees Celsius) plus a danger that the remaining part of the building might collapse are major challenges being faced by the rescue teams, Dubrovsky said.

A spokesman said: "Six people have been pulled out of the rubble, three died, three were injured, including a child".

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

One that was left hanging in the collapsed section of the building came crashing down as television stations aired live broadcasts from the scene. Today is a public holiday before the New Year celebrations in Russian Federation.

Search and rescue efforts are underway for people still trapped inside, with over 400 emergency workers searching through the rubble.

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.

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The nation's top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said an explosion triggered by a gas leak apparently caused the pre-dawn collapse in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk.

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

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

Deadly gas explosions are relatively common in Russian Federation where much of the infrastructure dates back to the Soviet era and safety requirements are often ignored.

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