A gas explosion at an apartment building in Russia’s Far East killed at least nine people, including four children, on Saturday, according to local authorities.
Part of a five-story building in the town of Tymovskoye on Sakhalin Island collapsed after a gas cylinder exploded in one of the apartments around 5:30 a.m. Moscow time, authorities said.
Rescue teams are searching for more victims under the ruins, Sakhalin Governor Valery Limarenko wrote on Telegram. Some of the 33 people known to have lived in the building remain missing, he said.
Sakhalin is located in the Pacific Ocean, north of Japan.
According to Limarenko, residents affected by the explosion have been offered temporary shelter, and families who lost their homes will be paid 500,000 rubles (7,800 euros).
Relatives of those killed can expect a million rubles (15,600 euros), he said.