Oct 22, 2004
- Death Toll in Lugansk Increases to 3
- Ukrainian authorities have revised the death toll in Lugansk's house collapse to three. Preliminary reports said it was caused by a
gas blast in one of the apartments. Some 200 people are involved in the rescue effort. The work is hampered by tangles of metal
pipes, which the force of the explosion twisted around the reinforced steel of concrete structures, first deputy head of the regional
emergencies department Igor Savelyev told Tass. People mostly clear up debris by hand. A crane cannot be used here; we cut the
web of pipes and reinforced steel with hydraulic scissors. The blast left 64 people homeless, who lived in 30 apartments that were
fully or partially destroyed. These people are now accommodated at a local hospital, where food is provided for them.