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    According to the Russian Emergency Service's press service, ten people have been rescued from under the rubble, but the fate of dozens remains unknown.

    A gas explosion in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk occurred in a 10-storey residential building, killing at least three people and injuring many more.

    The deadly blast occurred at around 6:00 am local time (01:00 GMT), destroying 48 apartments — a whole section of the huge building.

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    • 21:19

      Rescuers Recover Body of 5th Victim From Under Debris of Collapsed Building

    • 20:44

      Council of Europe Chief Extends Condolences Over Building Collapse in Magnitogorsk

    • 20:26

      Rescuers Find Bodies of Three More Victims, Can't Reach Them Because of Risk of Structural Collapse - Ministry

      "We see three bodies. We cannot recover them. We are working carefully since there is risk of a structural collapse", Zinichev told reporters.

    • 19:56

      Putin Extends Condolences to Families of Victims of Building Collapse in Magnitogorsk

      "Today, December 31, on the eve of the holiday, unfortunately, here in Magnitogorsk, such a tragedy occurred. First of all, I would like to express my condolences to the families of the victims and assure all those affected that we will do everything to help and support them", Putin said at a meeting of the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Emergencies.

    • 18:04

      People From the Damaged House to be Accommodated Properly, No Cutting Corners - Putin

      "We assume this is not the case where it is necessary to cut corners. All that will cause doubt, the slightest doubt should be settled", Putin stressed.

    • 17:00

      Up to 40 People May Be Trapped Under Debris After Explosion - Minister of Emergency Situations

      "At the moment four people have been found dead, five others - injured, while 36 to 40 are allegedly still trapped under the debris", the Minister of Emergency Situations Yevgeny Zinichev stated in his report.

    • 16:36

      Death Toll in Magnitogorsk Building Collapse Rises to 4 - Governor's Spokesman

      "As of 13:00 [local time, 08:00 GMT], 111 people were registered in the [collapsed block of the] house, nine people had rented flats, a total of 120 people. The fate of 52 people is known. Four of them were killed, 16 were evacuated, including seven children", the governor’s spokesman Dmitry Fedechkin told reporters.

      According to the spokesman, four people, including two children, were hospitalised, while the fate of 68 people was unknown.

      The Russian Emergencies Ministry later updated the information, specifying that the fate of 35 remained unknown while five people with varying degrees of injury were in the hospital.

    • 15:45

      Russian President Putin Arrives in Magnitogorsk

      The Russian president is expected to meet with the people affected by the tragedy and authorities of the Chelyabinsk Region.

    • 14:07

      Russian PM Medvedev Expresses His Condolences to the Victims of Explosion

      "Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those who died due to the gas explosion in Magnitogorsk", the government's press service said in a statement, adding that Medvedev stressed the authorities would do everything in order to help the victims of the incident.

      Gas blast in Russia's Magnitogorsk

      WATCH Deadly Blast Allegedly Wipe Out First Floor Office in Magnitogorsk, Russia

      A suspected gas explosion decimated a section of a 10-storey residential building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, killing at least three people and injuring many more. The explosion occurred at around 6:00 am local time (01:00 GMT), destroying 48 apartments.
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    • 13:27

      Operation in Magnitogorsk to be Conducted 24/7 - Authorities

      "Rescue work at the scene of the incident in Magnitogorsk will be carried out 24/7. We are currently settling the problem of night-time illumination", head of the Chelyabinsk Region Governor's press service Dmitry Fedechkin stated.

    • 12:56

      Minister of Emergency Situations and Minister of Health Arrive in Magnitogorsk

      According to official data, a flight carrying the Minister of Emergency Situations Yevgeny Zinichev and Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova has landed in the city of Magnitogorsk, and both officials have rushed to the scene of events, in order to address the tragic incident.

    • 12:49

      Mourning Will be Declared in Chelyabinsk Region - Local Authorities

      "A mourning period will definitely be declared, the date will be announced", a source from the press service of Chelyabinsk Region told Sputnik.

    • 12:33

      Whereabouts of at Least 68 People From Collapsed Building Are Still Unknown - Local Authorities

      Firefighting team of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (File)

      Four Dead, Several Injured After Gas Blast Hits Block of Flats in Russia

      Three people died and several were injured after a gas explosion rocked a block of flats in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, emergency services reported.
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