Russia building collapse: Death toll touches 14

Magnitogorsk [Russia], Jan 2 (ANI): Around 14 people have lost their lives while several are missing in a building collapse here. The death toll is expected to increase as rescue work continues. "As of (Wednesday) morning, 14 bodies have been recovered," the Russian Emergencies Ministry told Sputnik. Rescue efforts have been hindered due to the risk of debris falling down. A natural gas blast on December 31 hit a section of a block of flats in Magnitogorsk, leading to the destruction of 35 apartments along with causing damage to 10 others. Russian President Vladimir Putin cut short his New Year's holidays to visit the site of the incident on December 31. January 2 has been declared as a day of mourning in the region.
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