Walls Of University In Russia Collapse, No Casualties Reported

Walls Of University In Russia Collapse, No Casualties Reported

A university building partially collapsed Saturday afternoon in the Russian city of St Petersburg, local media reported.

According to preliminary reports, violations of safety rules during fix work caused the collapse. "At least 60 people have been evacuated so far", the emergencies official said.

The press office for the university told CNN there had been no notification of casualties and they were not able to make assumptions about the cause of the collapse.

Earlier reports said that 21 were trapped under rubble but the university rector, Vladimir Vasylyev, later said that was incorrect.

The ministry initially said the collapse was at the St. Petersburg University of Low Temperatures and Food Technology. TASS news agency said that acting St Petersburg governor Alexander Beglov had gone to the scene.

An investigation into the possible criminal violation of construction safety has been opened.

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