Russian Federation apartment collapse death toll rises to 33, including children


The building collapse in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk before dawn Monday has killed at least nine people so far, and officials say 32 people who lived in the building have still not been accounted for.

In Russia, the death toll in a gas explosion that hit a residential building in Magnitogorsk city has risen to 37. Nighttime temperatures in the city 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow have fallen to about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit).

The blast ripped through the building at around 6:00 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) when numerous residents were asleep.

The baby suffered severe frostbite, multiple leg fractures, and a head injury, however Russian officials have called the rescue a "miracle".

The ministry declared the operation by hundreds of rescue workers completed on Thursday, three-and-a-half days after a section of a 10-story apartment block collapsed in an explosion.

"The condition of all the hospitalized individuals, including those who have been placed to medical facilities in Chelyabinsk and Moscow, is stable".

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A woman was found dead under the rubble of a building in Magnitogorsk that collapsed due to the gas explosion. Another four people are thought to be under the rubble.

Along with the physical demands of wrestling jagged chunks of debris and the emotional stress of a bleak job, the search teams worked around the clock with the constant worry that still-standing parts of the building would fall on them.

"All the while,'s sources in the Russian FSB in Moscow confirm the theory that it was a terrorist attack", the website reported Thursday, using the acronym for the Federal Security Service. A ten-year-old survivor who was rushed to hospital after surviving the gas explosion in Russian Federation.

According to the regional government, the explosion took place at 6:10 a.m. local time on December 31 in a complex of apartment buildings that was built in 1973 and houses some 1,100 people.

Video footage purporting to show the incident, posted on social media sites, shows a burning vehicle and some bangs are heard.