At least two die in Russia’s high rise apartment collapse, say reports

At least two die in Russia’s high rise apartment collapse, say reports

At least two die in Russia’s high rise apartment collapse, say reports

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 1,700km east of Moscow in the Ural mountains.

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

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.

Almost 1,400 rescuers were searching for those who could have been buried under debris in temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius, which are forecast to plunge to -24 degrees Celsius overnight.

A further 10 people were pulled from the rubble of a collapsed section, and 16 others, including seven children, were evacuated from nearby parts of the building without injuries.

In one sign of how serious the accident was, President Vladimir Putin was informed of the accident in the industrial city some 1,400km east of Moscow, according to the Kremlin.

Another four people, including two children, were hospitalized, officials said.

Local resident Anna Koroleva told Echo of Moscow radio that the explosion shattered windows of nearby buildings.

Senior officials, including the emergencies and health ministers, flew to Magnitogorsk to oversee the rescue operation.

Search and rescue teams are picking through the rubble of the partially-collapsed nine-storey building amid fears the death toll could grow.

Gas explosions in Russian homes are fairly common, most of which are blamed on neglect of safety rules or poor maintenance.

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

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