A military barracks in Siberia collapsed today, leaving 23 Russian troops dead when sections of the roof fell while the soldiers were relaxing in their quarters.
The roof caved in and took four stories of the building's interior section with it on the outskirts of the city of Omsk, located about 1,400 miles from Moscow. At least another 10 soldiers were seriously injured during the accident, which occurred at a training facility for paratroopers. Authorities have transported the wounded to Moscow for treatment, while a rescue mission reportedly went on for hours in the search for any trapped victims.
Video from the incident shows an entire section of the building collapsed, leaving the face of the facility completely open. The footage also shows rescue workers climbing through the debris searching for survivors.
The 40-year-old barracks reportedly underwent renovations in 2013, according to General-Major Igor Konashenkov, who stressed to the Associated Press that the updates could not have played a role in the collapse. An investigation is reportedly underway to determine the cause of the accident.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has been tasked with handling the response to the accident, and has reportedly briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to AFP.
"The president expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the accident at the Omsk training centre," a Kremlin spokesman told the media outlet.
Monday's building collapse is the second military-related accident in Russia in the last week. On July 6, a military aircraft preparing to head out for a training flight crashed during takeoff. Both pilots were killed in the accident, which was the fifth military plane accident in Russia over the last month alone.
The SU-24s fleet was grounded by the military following the accident until the cause of crash could be determined. The other five accidents, which all occurred during the month of June, involved different aircraft, including a MiG-9 fighter that crashed in southern Russia, with the pilot surviving after managing to eject safely.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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