At least 38 bodies have been recovered following a New Year’s Eve gas explosion in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk that caused an apartment building to collapse, authorities said on Thursday.
On Monday, a large blast, believed to have been caused by a gas explosion, caused a section of the 10-storey Soviet-era block of flats to collapse. In all, 48 flats — home to 120 people — were wrecked.
Hundreds of people had been deployed to assist with the rescue operation.
Authorities had warned that due to the low temperatures, around the -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) mark, the chance of finding survivors under the debris lessened with each passing hour.