Russia: House near Moscow collapses after gas explosion – three dead

Near Moscow, a multi-storey house collapsed after a gas explosion. Three residents died and at least six other people were injured, the Russian agency Tass reported, citing civil protection. The emergency services rescued several residents who were buried under the rubble. Around 200 people were brought to safety unharmed.

The explosion occurred in the city of Orechowo-Sujewo, around 95 kilometers east of Moscow. Photos showed that several floors of the building had been destroyed. The surrounding houses were not affected, and such emergencies occur more frequently in Russia because the infrastructure often originates from the Soviet era and security controls are often not complied with. Just last week, several people died in an explosion in a house in Magnitogorsk in the Urals. At the time, gas was said to have leaked during the renovation work, and because Russia has stringent exit restrictions due to the corona pandemic, there were fears that the explosion could have killed many people. The inhabitants of the metropolis and in the surrounding area are called upon to leave their apartments and houses only in exceptional cases.
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