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MOSCOW , December 13 (Itar-Tass) — A search and rescue team that is working at the site of a collapsed building in Taganrog, southern Russia, has been increased from 170 to 296 people, the information department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
"A total of 296 people and 59 equipment units are working at the site now,” the Ministry’s spokesperson said.
The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and the Russian Investigation Committee said that five people had died when the building under construction collapsed on Thursday evening. Ten workers were taken to hospital while another nine people could still be under the rubble.
The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations set up a working party of the governmental commission for emergency situations headed by Pavel Popov, the deputy minister for emergency situations.