Two dead after tower block collapses in Russian city of Magnitogorsk

Two dead after tower block collapses in Russian city of Magnitogorsk

Two dead after tower block collapses in Russian city of Magnitogorsk

The Kremlin said that President Putin had been informed about the situation.

According to him, all related departments will be involved in the work of this commission.

Rescue teams are scrambling to find survivors after a suspected gas blast caused the partial collapse of a high-rise apartment building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, killing at least two people, news agencies reported. According to the latest data, four people died.

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.

The ministry didn't say how many people died or the number of the residents that may be trapped in debris. Officials warned that two more sections of the Soviet-era block were in danger of collapsing.

Magnitogorsk is a city of about 400,000 just over 1,000 miles from Moscow.

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The Soviet-era high-rise was built in 1973 and was home to around 1,100 people.

Volunteers offered money, clothing and essentials to the victims, and some said they were ready to provide temporary shelter to those in need.

Dubrovsky said later that some apartments were leased and in general, 120 people, were housed in the collapsed part of the building.

"This is our common tragedy and pain", he said in a statement, adding that MMK would provide financial assistance to those in need. Investigators opened a criminal probe into the accident, with the FSB security service confirming the blast had been the result of a gas explosion.

Gas blasts have become a relatively common occurrence in Russian Federation over recent years as the country struggles to cope with aging Soviet-era infrastructure and loose safety requirements, according to Reuters.

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