Four people were Monday morning killed in a gas explosion in an apartment building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk. 68 people are still missing.
Of the 120 inhabitants, there were only sixteen to be evacuated, including seven children. Four people, including two children, were taken to the hospital. 28 others reported themselves to the authorities. Reports that the governor of the Chelyabinsk region, Boris Dubrovsky.
The governor reported earlier in the day that he feared that about 50 people buried under the rubble. Eight people were among the debris removed. Four of them were brought to the hospital, four others survived the explosion.
To the rescue operation in the southern town where the temperatures drop to -18 degrees Celsius, 469 people part. There was also a helicopter deployed and two reddingshondenteams. According to the ministry for Emergencies is a hall of the 12-storey building collapsed due to the explosion. The other two halls are risking also to collapse. President Vladimir Putin was informed of the accident.
In Russia find to be more deadly gas explosions. The vast majority of the infrastructure dates from the soviet era are oversized, so the safety standards are often to be desired.