MAGNITOGORSK (Sputnik) – The body of an 16th victim was recovered from the rubble of a residential building that collapsed in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, the press service for the regional office of the Russian Emergencies Ministry told Sputnik on Wednesday.
“As of [Wednesday] morning, 16 bodies have been recovered,” the ministry said.
On New Year’s Eve, a natural gas blast hit one of the sections of a 10-storey block of flats in Magnitogorsk, a city in Russia’s Chelyabinsk Region, fully destroying 35 apartments and damaging 10 others.
The fate of dozens of people remains unknown. Rescue works are hindered by the risk of debris collapsing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin cut his New Year’s holiday plans short to visit the accident site on the day of the disaster; 2 January was declared a day of mourning in Chelyabinsk Region for those killed.