University in St. Petersburg collapses from fifth to second floors

Walls Of University In Russia Collapse No Casualties Reported

Walls Of University In Russia Collapse No Casualties Reported

The spokesman said earlier 86 people had been evacuated and there were 24 rescue unit teams working in the area.

Several floors of a university building have collapsed in St Petersburg, Russian authorities have said.

RIA news agency said 21 people were believed trapped under the debris.

The spokesman said that the block belongs to the St. Petersburg Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.

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The collapse may have been caused by fix work now underway, authorities said.

St Petersburg Acting Governor Alexander Beglov stands next to an ambulance vehicle outside the building of St Petersburg's ITMO University.

A criminal investigation into the collapse has been launched, according to Russia's Investigative Committee.

The school, known as ITMO University, is one of Russia's national research universities.

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