Russia: Over 80 people rescued after university building collapses in St. Petersburg – VIDEO

A university building has partially collapsed in the city of St. Petersburg, trapping around two dozen people inside, according to Russia’s  emergency authorities.

The emergency services confirmed that 86 people were safely evacuated from the building and no bodies have been found during rescue.

The cause of the partial collapse at the city’s National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) remains unclear but the country’s Emergency Ministry said that it occured while renovations were taking place.

A criminal investigation into the collapse has been launched, Russia’s Investigative Committee has said.