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Final Toll from Collapsed Russian Building: 39 Dead


7Dnews London

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 10:28 GMT

Thirty-nine bodies have been pulled from under the rubble of a Russian apartment building that partially collapsed this week after apparent gas explosion.

The blast on December 31st damaged 48 apartments in a 10-storey building in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, some 1,700 km east of Moscow.

The death toll has progressively risen in the past few days as rescuers battle blisteringly cold temperatures to recover people trapped under the rubble.

Deputy Emergencies Minister Alexander Chuprian told reporters: "We took out the last, the 39th body today and we guarantee that there are no more people in the building."

The collapse followed an explosion that officials say was likely to have caused by a gas leak, explosions caused by gas leaks in poorly built and indifferently maintained buildings often occur in Russia, but the Magnitogorsk disaster has claimed an unusually high number of lives.

However, Russia's investigative committee, which probes major crimes, has said it is still investigating the exact cause of the blast.