1 killed, 4 missing in Russia gas blast

15 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

MOSCOW: One person was killed and four were missing after a gas explosion tore through a multi-storey residential building in southern Russia early on Monday, authorities said, reports AFP.

The blast, in the town of Shakhty in the southern Rostov region, destroyed several apartments on the top two floors of the nine-storey building, the emergencies ministry said.

“The fate of four people remains unknown,” emergencies ministry spokeswoman Marina Chernyavskaya told AFP, adding that a rescue operation involving more than 200 workers was under way.