Rescuers recover 2 bodies from collapsed building in Magnitogorsk (UPDATED)
Another two bodies have been recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, bringing the total number to seven, the Russian Emergency Ministry told Sputnik Tuesday, Trend reported.
A natural gas blast hit on Monday one of the blocks of a 10-storey building in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Region, damaging 48 apartments. The fate of dozens of people remains unknown.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on Monday in Magnitogorsk at the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Emergencies created at the site of the incident and personally inspected the collapsed building.
The governor of Chelyabinsk region, Boris Dubrovsky, provided explanations to Putin regarding the building collapse.
The president also instructed to create a government commission for the elimination of the consequences of the gas explosion in the residential building in Magnitogorsk.
08:39 (GMT+4) The death toll in Monday’s house collapse in the Urals city of Magnitogorsk stands at five, a spokesperson for the Russian emergencies ministry told TASS on Tuesday, Trend reported.
"As of 4:00 Moscow time, five bodies were found and pulled out of the rubble," the source said.
On Monday morning, a section of a ten-storey residential house collapsed in Magnitogorsk. Latest figures put the death toll at five, another five were injured. More than 30 people remain unaccounted for. The Russian Investigative Committee views household gas blast as a priority version.
The search for survivors still continues with air temperatures plunging to minus 27.2 degrees Centigrade early on Tuesday, according to the Gismeteo.ru portal. In daytime, the temperature is expected to rise to minus 19 degrees.