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Dozens missing after gas explosion in Russia
December 31, 2018
Rescuers were searching for survivors after a deadly gas explosion damaged an apartment building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk. Some 40 people are believed to still be trapped under the rubble in bitter cold.
At least four people were killed on Monday after an apparent gas explosion demolished a high-rise in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow. Another four people, including two children, were hospitalized, officials said.
Local television footage showed rescuers combing through mangled heaps of concrete and metal as temperatures dipped to -22 Celsius (-8 Fahrenheit).
"We are working carefully because there is a risk that the building will collapse," Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev said.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin traveled to the scene on Monday, visiting the injured in the hospital.
At least 10 people were pulled from the rubble of a collapsed section, and 16 others, including seven children, were evacuated from nearby parts of the building without injuries.