Two people remain unaccounted for and the dead bodies of 36 people have been recovered from the psychiatric hospital building in the Moscow region where a fire broke out last night.
Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova told the The Voice of Russia: "Thirty-six bodies had been recovered by noon Moscow time. Two people remain unaccounted for.
"The operation to recover the bodies is being hampered by the destroyed roof and ceilings of the building."
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