Death toll from Magnitogorsk building collapse climbs to 38

Death toll from Magnitogorsk building collapse climbs to 38

Rescuers have recovered the body of a woman from the rubble of the collapsed residential building in Magnitogorsk, she became the 38th person who died in the tragedy, TASS reported citing the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

"The body of a woman was retrieved from the rubble. The death toll is at the moment 38," the ministry’s spokesman said.

Rescuers continue clearing the rubble and searching for three people whose fate remains unknown.

A section of a ten-story apartment block collapsed in Magnitogorsk on December 31. According to the latest data, the accident claimed the lives of 38 people. Earlier reports said that the Russian Investigative Committee views a household gas explosion as the main cause of the accident.

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