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Death toll in Russian apartment collapse rises to 33

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An Emergency Situations employee helps a woman to carry her goods from apartments located near the destroyed part a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)

MOSCOW (AP) — Search crews in Russia pulled more bodies Wednesday from a huge pile of rubble where part of an apartment building collapsed, bringing the known death toll to 33 and the number of missing residents down to eight as the grim recovery work continued for a third night.

A 3-year-old girl was among the latest victims of the collapse in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, Russian news agencies reported, citing the Russian emergencies ministry. The people found dead since the Monday morning collapse so far include six children.

An 11-month-old boy who brought a burst of hope when he was discovered alive Tuesday ,nearly 36 hours after the collapse, was in serious but stable condition at a Moscow children's hospital after traveling about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) in a plane dispatched by the Russian Health Ministry.

Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said the infant suffered superficial head wounds but no apparent brain damage.

The prospects of finding more survivors appeared dim as the rescue effort continued from Monday's pre-dawn accident, which came after an explosion that officials say was likely caused by a gas leak. Overnight temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius (- 4 F).

However, a cat was pulled alive from the wreckage on Wednesday afternoon, about 60 hours after the disaster.

A day of mourning was declared in the Chelyabinsk region that includes Magnitogorsk, and residents laid flowers and placed candles at the scene. Some Muscovites laid commemorative flowers at the entrance of the office for the regional government's representative in the capital.

A woman reacts as she stands at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Emergency Situations employees look towards debris of damaged parts of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by vk.com/domashnie_givotnie74 web site shows a cat rescued by Emergency Situations employees from debris of damaged parts of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in an animals ambulance in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. A cat was pulled alive from the wreckage on Wednesday afternoon, about 60 hours after a section of the 10-story building collapsed. (vk.com/domashnie_givotnie74 via AP)
An Emergency Situations employee speaks to girl in a evacuation center near a collapsed section of an apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Russian emergency officials say the death toll from the partial collapse of an apartment building has risen to over 25 after more bodies were recovered from the rubble. The grim discovery on Wednesday afternoon left 15 residents of the 10-story building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk still unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
Emergency Situations employees look at debris of damaged parts of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
People lay flowers and light candles at the scene of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Candles and flowers lie at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Local mayor Sergey Berdnikov visits the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
Locals gathered at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
A woman reacts during prayers at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
A woman reacts during prayers at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Boris Dubrovsky, Chelyabinsk's regional governor visits the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
Local mayor Sergey Berdnikov visits the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Local mayor Sergey Berdnikov visits the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
A woman reacts during prayers at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
A woman reacts during prayers at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Locals gathered at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Locals gathered at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
An Emergency Situations employee helps a woman to carry her goods from apartments located near the destroyed part a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
An Emergency Situations employee helps a woman to carry her goods from apartments located near the destroyed part a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
A woman reacts during prayers at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
A woman reacts during prayers at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Candles and flowers lie at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Candles and flowers lie at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
A woman reacts as she stands at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
A woman reacts as she stands at the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Boris Dubrovsky, Chelyabinsk's regional governor visits the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Boris Dubrovsky, Chelyabinsk's regional governor visits the scene of the collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
Emergency Situations employees look at debris of damaged parts of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Emergency Situations employees look at debris of damaged parts of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by vk.com/domashnie_givotnie74 web site shows a cat rescued by Emergency Situations employees from debris of damaged parts of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in an animals ambulance in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. A cat was pulled alive from the wreckage on Wednesday afternoon, about 60 hours after a section of the 10-story building collapsed. (vk.com/domashnie_givotnie74 via AP)
This photo provided by vk.com/domashnie_givotnie74 web site shows a cat rescued by Emergency Situations employees from debris of damaged parts of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in an animals ambulance in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. A cat was pulled alive from the wreckage on Wednesday afternoon, about 60 hours after a section of the 10-story building collapsed. (vk.com/domashnie_givotnie74 via AP)
Emergency Situations employees look towards debris of damaged parts of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
Emergency Situations employees look towards debris of damaged parts of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
People lay flowers and light candles at the scene of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
People lay flowers and light candles at the scene of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The building's pre-dawn collapse on Monday came after an explosion that was believed to have been caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
An Emergency Situations employee speaks to girl in a evacuation center near a collapsed section of an apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Russian emergency officials say the death toll from the partial collapse of an apartment building has risen to over 25 after more bodies were recovered from the rubble. The grim discovery on Wednesday afternoon left 15 residents of the 10-story building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk still unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
An Emergency Situations employee speaks to girl in a evacuation center near a collapsed section of an apartment building in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 people, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Russian emergency officials say the death toll from the partial collapse of an apartment building has risen to over 25 after more bodies were recovered from the rubble. The grim discovery on Wednesday afternoon left 15 residents of the 10-story building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk still unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
This photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry taken from tv footage shows Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of a collapsed section of an apartment building, in Magnitigorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)