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Death toll after partial collapse of a residential house in Nizhnevartovsk rises to seven

Debris clearing suspended while investigations are underway

MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. The death toll after a partial collapse of a residential house in Nizhnevartovsk has risen to seven people after the rescuers found a body of the deceased during the removal of debris, the press service of the Main Directorate of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry for the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District told TASS on Tuesday.

"Yes, they found it [the body], according preliminary information. Now the employees of the investigative committee have been called to the place to carry out investigative actions. For the time being, the removal of the rubble has been suspended," a spokesman said.

Information about the deceased is being specified. Earlier, the Main Directorate of the Emergency Situations Ministry reported six deaths as a result of the emergency.

A household gas explosion rocked a five-storey apartment bloc in Nizhnevartovsk on Sunday, causing a partial collapse of the building. Floor decks between the first, second and third floors of one of the entrances were damaged. Emergency services continue to work at the scene. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case into the incident.

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