Gas explosion kills nine people on Russia’s Sakhalin island

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By Euronews  with AP
emergency situation ministry employees working at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Tymovskoye,
emergency situation ministry employees working at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Tymovskoye,   -   Copyright  Russian Investigative Committee via AP

A gas explosion in an apartment building in Russia's Far East killed at least nine people on Saturday, including four children, according local authorities.

A section of the five-story building in the town of Tymovskoye on Sakhalin island collapsed after a gas cylinder exploded in one of the apartments at around 5:30 am Moscow time, authorities said.

Rescue teams were searching for more victims under the rubble, Sakhalin Governor Valery Limarenko wrote on Telegram. Some of the 33 people known to have lived in the building remained unaccounted for, he said.

Sakhalin is located in the Pacific Ocean, north of Japan.

According to Limarenko, residents affected by the explosion were offered temporary shelter and families who lost their homes will be paid 500,000 rubles (€7,800). 

Relatives of the people killed can expect to receive one million rubles (€15,600), he said.