About 21 persons are feared dead as gas explosion tore down a residential building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk on December 31.
As of Thursday morning, the bodies of 22 of the 37 dead had been identified, agencies cited the local branch of the emergencies ministries as saying.
"The Emergency Ministry ends its rescue operation".
So far 31 people, including six children, were confirmed dead in a household gas explosion in Russian Federation on Monday, the country's emergency ministry said Wednesday.
The Soviet-era apartment block was home to about 1,100 people and the explosion left dozens homeless over the New Year - the biggest holiday of the year in Russian Federation. The ministry described his condition at the time as "serious".
The rescue works on the site of the tragic accident that claimed lives of at least 28 people, including four children, are still underway.
A bridge had been built to reach higher areas and one of the building's walls was taken down as it was threatening to collapse on rescue workers. He was brought to his mother, who had survived the blast, and then flown to Moscow for treatment.Читайте также: Trump 'looks forward to' meeting Pakistan's new leadership
Witnesses described a "wave of fire" and said the blast was strong enough to shatter windows in nearby buildings.
Magnitogorsk residents laid flowers and placed candles at the scene of the tragedy, and some Muscovites also laid flowers at the office for the regional government's representative in the capital. On Tuesday, a spokesperson said no traces of explosives were found in the building, TASS reported.
City officials said funerals would start being held from Friday.
Russian authorities have said since shortly after the collapse that a natural-gas explosion was the most likely cause.
Investigators have launched a probe, but have said there is no reason to suspect foul play.
January 2 was an official day of mourning in Chelyabinsk Oblast, where Magnitogorsk - an industrial city of some 400,000 people about 1,700 kilometers southeast of Moscow - is located.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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