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An entire section of a high-rise block of apartments has collapsed in the Russian southern city of Astrakhan, following an explosion.
This was the moment a blast ripped through an old Soviet-style block in southern Russia today sending it crashing down like a house of cards.
The nine-storey building in the city of Astrakhan, 800 miles south east of Moscow, collapsed in an explosion believed to be caused by natural gas.
At least 12 people were injured and 14 people living there haven’t been accounted for. Rescue workers are searching through the rubble for more possible victims.
Explosions of gas canisters in Russian residences and businesses are common because antiquated infrastructure has not been modernised in the last decades.
The people who became homeless will be temporarily accommodated in a neighboring school. They will receive food, warm clothes and psychological aid.
A nine-storey apartment block in southern Russia collapsed after a gas explosion as rescuers battled to find up to 14 people still feared trapped under the rubble, the emergencies ministry said.
The rescuers are exploring the debris.