Russian Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a partially collapsed apartment block in Magnitogorsk, Russia January 1, 2019. Pi Image Credit: Reuters

Moscow: The number of confirmed dead from a New Year's Eve gas explosion that caused a Russian apartment block to partially collapse has risen to 37, officials said Thursday, with four people still missing.

Six children were among the dead, the emergency situations ministry said in a statement, while six people had been rescued from the rubble of the building in the Ural mountains city of Magnitogorsk.