At least nine people, including four children, were killed in a gas explosion at an apartment building on Sakhalin Island in Russia’s far east.
Part of a five-story building in Timovskoye town collapsed after a gas cylinder exploded in an apartment at 5:30 a.m. Moscow time on Saturday, he said.
Rescuers are searching for more victims under the rubble, Sakhalin Governor Valery Limarenko wrote in a telegram.
Some of the 33 people living in the building could not be traced, he said.
Sakhalin is in the Pacific Ocean, north of Japan.
According to Mr Limarenko, residents affected by the blast have been offered temporary shelter and families who lost their homes will be paid 500,000 rubles (£6,908).
He said relatives of those killed could expect to receive one million rubles (£13,816).