Coal mine fire in Russia’s Siberia kills 11, dozens captured

Moscow: A fire in a coal mine in Russian Siberia killed 11 people and injured more than 40 on Thursday, while dozens of others remained trapped, authorities said.Read also – 3 men charged with Ahmaud Arbery’s death convicted of murder

Efforts to rescue those trapped in the mine were halted Thursday afternoon due to an explosion threat and rescuers were rushed out of the mine, mine administrators told the Interfax news agency. Also read – THIS country is banning celebrities from displaying wealth on social media

The fire broke out in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia. Russia’s state news agency Tass reported, citing an unnamed official, that coal dust broke into flames and smoke quickly filled the Listvyazhnaya mine through the ventilation system. Also read – Jury in Ahmaud Arbery death case to hear closing arguments

A total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident, Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov said on his page on the messaging app Telegram. He said 35 miners remained trapped underground and their exact location was unknown.

Tsivilyov said in another Telegram post that a total of 49 people with injuries have sought medical attention. He had previously reported a number of 60 injured and has given no explanation for the audit.

Earlier Thursday, Russia’s acting emergency minister, Alexander Chupriyan, said 44 miners had been hospitalized with injuries. The difference in claims reported by different officials could not be immediately reconciled.

Russia’s investigative committee has launched a criminal investigation into the fire, alleging breaches of security regulations that led to deaths. President Vladimir Putin condoled with the families of the slain miners and ordered the government to offer all necessary assistance to those injured.

The Russian leader sat down for talks on Thursday afternoon with his Serbian colleague Aleksandar Vucic in the Russian resort town of Sochi on the Black Sea, where Vucic also condoled the families of the victims. Putin noted that the situation at the mine is unfortunately not getting any easier.

There is a danger to the lives of the rescuers… Let’s hope that (they) will manage to save as many people as possible, Putin said. In 2016, 36 miners were killed in a series of methane explosions at a coal mine in Russia’s far north. In the wake of the incident, authorities analyzed the safety of the country’s 58 coal mines and declared 20 of them, or 34%, potentially unsafe.

The Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo region was not among them at the time, according to media reports. The most recent inspection of the mine took place on November 19, Interfax reported, citing officials from Rostekhnadzor, Russia’s state technology and ecology watchdog. The report did not contain any details about the results of the inspection.

According to Tass, the Rostekhnadzor regional branch also inspected the mine in April and registered 139 different violations, including violations of fire safety rules.

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