High rise building collapses in Russian Federation, at least two dead

High rise building collapses in Russian Federation, at least two dead

A suspected gas explosion in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk early Monday morning ripped through an apartment building, killing at least three people and burying dozens after a partial collapse of the structure.

The blast rocked the apartment complex at around 4 a.m. local time, completely collapsing one of its sections.

Authorities said five people were hospitalized with injuries and 35 others remained unaccounted for.

"The fate of 79 people is unclear", he said, adding police were working to locate their whereabouts.

Local authorities initially said 68 people registered as residents in the collapsed section of the building were missing, but later tracked down some of them.

Local television footage showed rescuers combing through mangled heaps of concrete and metal in temperatures of -18 Celsius (-0.4 Fahrenheit). The residents have been evacuated.

The scene of a part of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk a city of 400,000 people about 1,400 kilometers southeast of Moscow Russia Monday Dec. 31 2018. At least four people died Monday when sections of an apartment building

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

The Soviet-era high-rise was built in 1973 and was home to around 1,100 people. Sixteen of them have been evacuated, and another 15 were not home at the time of the blast.

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

President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a government commission to relieve the consequences of a gas explosion in a residential building in Magnitogorsk.

There have been similar incidents in Russian Federation in recent years due to ageing infrastructure and poor safety over gas usage.

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