Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, during his unscheduled working visit to Astrakhan, inspected the block of flats damaged by a household gas explosion
28 february 2012
Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the prime minister on the rescue operation underway at the explosion site. The collapsed part of the building is being examined, Shoigu said. The minister noted that the destroyed floors "crashed down to the basement." The building's condition is to be assessed by experts.
After the inspection, the prime minister left for a meeting to be held at a tent camp set up nearby.