WORLD 4 dead, 35 still missing in Russian household gas explosion

WORLD

4 dead, 35 still missing in Russian household gas explosion

Xinhua

15:01, December 31, 2018

MOSCOW, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed and 35 others remained missing after a household gas explosion rocked a residential building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk on Monday, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

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Emergency officers take part in a search and rescue operation after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia's Urals city of Magnitogorsk on December 31, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

Five people have been hospitalized and 28 people who were previously reported missing were not at home when the tragedy happened.

Search for missing after Russia building collapse (Video source: AP)

Search and rescue operations are under way at the 10-story building, which partially collapsed in the blast at around 6 a.m. local time (0100 GMT).

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Magnitogorsk and he is expected to meet local officials there.

Cover image: The Soviet-era high-rise was built in 1973 and was home to around 1,100 people (Photo: AFP) 

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