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One dead, four missing in Russia gas blast

AFP  |  Moscow 

One person was killed and four were missing after a tore through a multi-storey residential building in early on Monday, authorities said.

The blast, in the town of in the southern Rostov region, destroyed several apartments on the top two floors of the nine-storey building, the emergencies ministry said.

"The fate of four people remains unknown," told AFP, adding that a rescue operation involving more than 200 workers was under way.

The blast came two weeks after a tore through a Russian apartment block in the city of on New Year's Eve, leaving 39 people dead. Chernyavskaya said the building in Shakhty, 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) south of Moscow, was in danger of collapse and officials planned to prop it up.

Russian has been notified of the gas explosion, with the reporting to him on the rescue operation, the Kremlin said.

"The tasked the to provide comprehensive assistance to the victims," the Kremlin said in a statement.

On Putin inspected the collapsed building in and visited the hospitalised victims.

Authorities said the rescue operation in would take at least 24 hours. A man and a two-year-old girl were hospitalised and their condition was "satisfactory," said Chernyavskaya.

More than 40 people were evacuated to a nearby school.

Earlier in Magnitogorsk, investigators ruled out foul play, saying the accident came as a result of a

are relatively common in Russia, where much of the infrastructure dates back to the Soviet era and safety requirements are often ignored.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 14:45 IST
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