At least four people were killed and dozens missing after a suspected gas explosion in a residential building in southern Russia on Monday, state media reported. The Russian Emergency Ministry told TASS that four people had been recovered alive from the partially collapsed block in Manayatgorsk, an industrial city in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region near the border with Kazakhstan. Tass said the governor of the Chelyabinsk region Boris Dubrovsky said on a Telegraph site that sixty-eight residents were still missing in the high-rise area of about 120 people. Russian Federation Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the scene of the deadly blast on Monday afternoon, as search and rescue efforts continued for people trapped inside. Rossiya 24 reported that there were more than 400 An emergency worker searches the rubble. Russian state media said 469 rescuers had been deployed in search efforts. The local branch of the Russian Federal Security Service said the explosion was believed to have been caused by a gas explosion. Gas explosions have become relatively common in Russia in recent years as the country struggles to deal with the old Soviet infrastructure and loose safety requirements, Reuters said.
February 2, 2019