MOSCOW, October 23. /TASS/. Whereabouts of a number of people living in the residential house destroyed by a household gas explosion in Ryazan have not yet been established, a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry’s Central Region Center told TASS on Sunday.
"As of now, several people who lived in the blast-destroyed apartments are out of contact. Their whereabouts have not yet been established. Witnesses say they might be under the debris," the spokesman said.
A source in the local law enforcement agencies said that nothing is yet known about up to four people living in the ill-fate house.
Specialists with dogs have examined some sections of the debris they could reach. "No one was found. Now rescuers are clearing the debris that had not been examined by specialists with dogs," the spokesman said.
Search and rescue operations are underway.
Earlier a spokesman for the Ryazan region government told TASS there are no more people, either alive or dead, under the debris of a residential house destroyed in Ryazan.
"There are no people, either alive or dead, under the debris of the residential house destroyed by the explosion in Ryazan. Any reports that someone might be staying under the debris are rumors," the spokesman said.
According to latest results, three people were killed and 13 more, including one child, were wounded in the blast.