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    GAS BLAST IN ARKHANGELSK KILLS 50

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    MOSCOW, March 17 (RIA Novosti) - Rescuers found bodies of two more victims under the debris of an apartment building in Arkhangelsk, deputy chief of the information department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry Viktor Beltsov reported.

    "All in all, the blast killed 50 people," he said.

    Twelve people are in hospitals and five of them are in grave condition.

    Bodies of 50 people were found under the debris. 43 victims have been identified. Two women, aged 18 and 60, died in hospital.

    According to Viktor Beltsov, rescuers have already cleared 85 per cent of debris and are working at the first floor level now.

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