Dealing with aftermath of gas blast in apartment building in Rostov region to take at least 24 hours - Emergency Situations Ministry
SHAKHTY. Jan 14 (Interfax) - Dealing with the aftermath of the gas explosion in an apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Rostov region, will take at least 24 hours, an official with the Russian Emergency Situaitons Ministry's Main Directorate for the region said at a meeting of the operative headquarters on the accident site.
"The entire operation will take at least 24 hours, the floor slab panel fully went onto the eighth floor," the official said.
The region's Governor Vasily Golubev, for his part, told reporters rescuers are now reinforcing the structures and the work is expected to continue at night as well.
"One of the tasks is to provide the neighboring building with heating and water supply," Golubev said.
A gas explosion occurred in an apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Rostov region, on Monday morning. According to the most recent information, seven people have been rescued, one has died, and four remain missing.