MOSCOW: The number of confirmed dead from a New Year's Eve gas explosion that caused a Russian apartment block to partially collapse has risen to 37, officials said on Thursday, with four people still missing.
14 confirmed dead in Russia high-rise blast
Six children were among the dead, the emergency situations ministry said in a statement, while six people had been rescued from the rubble of the building in the Ural Mountains city of Magnitogorsk.
The explosion tore through the 10-storey building in the industrial city nearly 1,700 kilometres (1,050 miles) east of Moscow in the early hours of Monday.
Officials had given a toll of 28 dead as of late Wednesday.
Rescuers have been braving freezing temperatures to search through mangled concrete and metal but no survivors have been found since Tuesday, when a baby boy was pulled from the rubble.
Rescuers pull baby alive from Russian block after gas blast
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 Russia.
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