21 people feared under rubble after building collapses in Russia's St. Petersburg

21 people feared under rubble after building collapses in Russia's St. Petersburg

About two hours after the collapse, Russian news agencies cited the ministry as saying no bodies had been found in the rubble and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Rescuers did not find any victims in a building that collapsed from the fifth to the second floor at the St. Petersburg National Research University of Low Temperatures and Food Technology. The collapse occurred when lectures were in progress. He said it was unclear if any people were trapped under the debris.

A spokesperson for the local administration told Sputnik earlier in the day that "21 people could be [under the rubble]", adding that more than 80 others were evacuated from the building.

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St Petersburg Acting Governor Alexander Beglov stands next to an ambulance vehicle outside the building of St Petersburg's ITMO University.

A criminal case has been opened to examine safety violations during construction of the building, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported, quoting the Russian Emergency Ministry.

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