MOSCOW | Russia: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

MOSCOW | Russia: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

MOSCOW — At least four people died Monday when sections of an apartment building collapsed after an apparent gas explosion in Russia’s Ural Mountains region, officials said, and hundreds of rescuers are searching for survivors under the debris.

The authorities said five people were hospitalized with injuries, and 38 other residents remained unaccounted for in the accident in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow.

The nation’s top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said the collapse of a section of the ten-storey building was apparently caused by a gas leak.

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