The body count includes 24 women, 12 men and seven children.
70 % of all rubble has already been removed; rescue operations are still in full swing, Mr. Beltsov noted.
The nine-storey apartment house No. 120 exploded at about 3.00 a.m. Moscow time March 16, with one of its sections collapsing as a result. The blast was presumably caused by natural gas.