International Development News
Development News Edition

Another gas explosion hits Russia; 1 killed after residential building blast


Another gas explosion hits Russia; 1 killed after residential building blast
The blast came two weeks after a gas explosion tore through a Russian apartment block in the Urals city of Magnitogorsk on New Year's Eve, leaving 39 people dead.

One person was killed and four were missing after a gas explosion tore through a multi-storey residential building in southern Russia early on Monday, authorities said. The blast, in the town of Shakhty 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," emergencies ministry spokeswoman Marina Chernyavskaya told AFP, adding that a rescue operation involving more than 200 workers was underway.

The blast came two weeks after a gas explosion tore through a Russian apartment block in the Urals city of Magnitogorsk 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 President Vladimir Putin has been notified of the gas explosion, with the Rostov governor reporting to him on the rescue operation, the Kremlin said.

"The president tasked the head of the region to provide comprehensive assistance to the victims," the Kremlin said in a statement. On New Year's Eve Putin inspected the collapsed building in Magnitogorsk and visited the hospitalised victims. Authorities said the rescue operation in Shakhty 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 gas explosion. Gas explosions are relatively common in Russia, where much of the infrastructure dates back to the Soviet era and safety requirements are often ignored.

(With inputs from agencies.)


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

'No escape from telephones', this 1953 prediction actually comes true

In 1953, a telephone company chief predicted that therell be no escape from telephones in the future....

With Ayodhya verdict, CJI starts clearing high profile pending cases

Ending all the speculations, the Chief Justice of India Mr. Ranjan Gogoi who is due to retire on November 17 decided to deliver the verdict in Ayodya dispute at 10.30 am on Saturday which is not a working day for the Supreme Court. This is ...

How partnerships and collaborations could enhance teacher training

Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group shares her views on public private partnership and collaborations in education sector. She supports her propositions with her organisations success stories....

Fixed Test centers would facelift level of WTC in India

The venues for the test matches in India should be fixed so that World Test Championship matches remain fair....

Videos

Latest News

Eager Saudis prepare to snap up stakes in 'crown jewel' Aramco

No voice is louder than that of the Aramco IPO, the largest IPO on earth, declared Ahmed Al-Arfaj, a Saudi Arabian TV talk show host, drumming up demand for what could be the worlds biggest initial public offering.State oil giant Saudi Aram...

Anti-pollution drive: Industries, farmers fined over Rs 2 lakh in UP

District authorities in Muzaffarnagar and neighbouring Shamli carried out a drive against polluting industries and farmers burning crop residue, and imposed fines totalling over Rs 2 lakh, officials said on Sunday. In the inspection that to...

Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarising figure for others

For Sri Lankas majority Sinhalese Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best-placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly Easter Sunday attacks early this year.For ot...

BJP leader removed as JK Assembly Speaker

The Jammu and Kashmir administration headed by Lt Governor G C Murmu has issued a notification ending the tenure of legislative assembly Speaker and senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh who was appointed to the post under provisions of the now-re...

Give Feedback