MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. The death toll from a household gas explosion in a five-storey apartment block in Novosibirsk has risen to two, more people might remain under the rubble, the local emergencies services told TASS on Thursday.
"According to preliminary data, two people died. More people might be buried under the rubble. Their number is being verified," a spokesman said.
Novosibirsk region governor Andrey Travnikov has confirmed the death of two people in the household gas explosion in a residential house.
"Regrettably, one more person has died in hospital. Carbon monoxide poisoning," he wrote on his Telegram channel.
At least three people may still be trapped under the rubble after a household gas explosion in an apartment block in Novosibirsk, Viktro Orlov, chief of the Russian emergencies ministry’s Novosibirsk region department, said on Thursday.
"Preliminarily, at least three people may still be under the rubble. Efforts are being made to find whereabouts of the house’s residents," he said.
According to the emergencies ministry, about 30 apartments have been ruined by the blast. The search and rescue operation is planned to be completed by the end of the day.
The city’s authorities say that the residents will be settled in a new place.
One person who was reported as killed in the household gas explosion in Novosibirsk has been revived, Viktor Orlov said.
"One has been revived in hospital," he said.
A household gas explosion in a five-storey apartment block in Novosibirsk occurred in the early hours on Thursday causing partial collapse of the building. The explosion was followed by a fire on an area of 300 square meters, which has already been put out. One person died in the explosion and eight more were injured. According to emergencies services, the blast was preliminarily caused by a gas leak in one of the apartments. A criminal case has been opened.