As many as 35 people lost their lives including three children when a powerful explosion took place followed by a fire in a filling station in the capital city of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia leaving over 100 others injured.
According to international media reports, at least 13 other children are reported to be among the injured.
“During the rescue operation in Makhachkala, the bodies of three more victims were found,” the Russian Emergency Ministry said on Telegram. “According to the updated information, as a result of the fire at the petrol station 105 were injured, and of them, 35 died.”
A witness quoted by the Russian media as saying that the fire started in an area where cars were parked and spread to the petrol station.
The fire spread over an area of around 600 square metres (6,450 square feet), the ministry said, adding that 260 firefighters were deployed.
According to reports, on the evening of August 14, a car service caught fire on the highway in Makhachkala, the fire spread to a gas station, after which an explosion occurred.
More than 70 people and 20 pieces of equipment are involved in the liquidation of the emergency. Open burning, according to the latest data, managed to be eliminated, it reported.
First Deputy Minister of Health of Russia Viktor Fisenko flew to Dagestan to organise medical care for the wounded, according to the report.
The victims of the explosion will be delivered by a special aircraft of the Ministry of Emergency Situations to Moscow hospitals.
The head of Dagestan, Melikov, told reporters, that the families of the victims would be provided with material and psychological assistance.