FACTBOX: Explosion at filling station in Makhachkala

Twelve people were killed and 56 were injured in an explosion in Makhachkala on Monday night. According to the authorities, the explosion oc...

Twelve people were killed and 56 were injured in an explosion in Makhachkala on Monday night. According to the authorities, the explosion occurred opposite a filling station.

At the moment, according to the Emergencies Ministry, the open burning has been extinguished. TASS has gathered the main facts about the incident.

Circumstances of incident

- On Monday evening, an explosion took place at a filling station on the outskirts of Makhachkala. A huge fire broke out. According to the latest data, the area of the fire reached 600 square meters. The open fire was extinguished.

- As Dagestan Head Sergey Melikov told reporters, the explosion occurred opposite the filling station, its “causes and nature” are being determined.

- Two out of eight fuel tanks exploded. More than 70 people and 20 pieces of equipment are involved in extinguishing the fire.

- Police and city officials are moving people away from the scene. There is a risk of a second explosion.

- Gas supply was limited in the Makhachkala district where the explosion took place.

Casualties and fatalities

- According to official data, 12 people were killed, including two children, and 56 people were injured, including 13 children as a result of the incident.

- According to the Russian Health Ministry, hospitals in Makhachkala have everything necessary to treat the injured.

Reaction of the authorities

- According to the regional prosecutor’s office, an inspection has been organized in connection with the fire at the filling station.

- Senior Dagestani officials have arrived at the scene.

- The first deputy head of the Russian Health Ministry Viktor Fisenko arrived in Dagestan.

- The families of the victims will receive all necessary assistance, Melikov told TASS.

- The Russian Emergencies Ministry said that the victims would be flown to Moscow on a special ministry flight with doctors if necessary.

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