One person has died and another four were reportedly injured following a gas explosion in the town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo, located just outside of Moscow, on Saturday, April 4. Reports state that the gas explosion occurred in a five-story residential building, prompting the evacuation of the surrounding area while emergency services attended the scene. A further ten buildings in the area are said to have been damaged in the explosion.
The incident took place during stay-at-home orders from authorities, who are trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be expected over the coming hours.
Individuals in Orekhovo-Zuyevo are advised to avoid the above area, anticipate transportation disruptions in the vicinity of the incident, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.