Siberia: Dozens missing after deadly Russian mine accident

Three rescuers sent to find survivors after a Siberian mine filled with smoke have died, bringing the disaster's death toll to 14.
The accident happened when coal dust in a ventilation shaft caught alight, according to the Russian state news agency Tass.
About 285 people were in the mine at the time, with the majority escaping.
Rescue teams went in to find the 35 still trapped. The rescuers' bodies were found hours later on Thursday.
Russia's Emergencies Ministry said one of the rescue teams at the Listvyazhnaya mine, in the Kemerovo region some 3,500km (2,175 miles) east of Moscow, had lost contact with those on the surface.
Officials confirmed to Tass that three bodies had been found, and Russia's privately-owned Interfax news agency quoted a source saying their oxygen had run out. It is unclear if any more rescuers are missing.
Eleven miners are known to have died, and 49 people have been taken to hospital with injuries, officials said. Some of the injured have smoke poisoning, and four are said to be in a critical condition.
The search for more survivors was paused earlier on Thursday amid fears that dangerously high levels of methane in the mine could cause an explosion.
Local governor Sergei Tsivilev said in a video on Telegram that work would resume "as soon as the gas concentration decreases to a safe level".
Mr Tsivilev earlier said they had lost contact with the missing miners as the underground communications system was not working.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped "(they) will be able to save as many people as possible", describing the loss of life as "a great tragedy".
This is not the first accident at the mine, according to local media, with a methane gas explosion killing 13 in 2004. More widely, accidents in Russian mines are not uncommon.
In 2016, authorities assessed the safety of the country's 58 coal mines and declared 34% of them potentially unsafe. The list did not include the Listvyazhnaya mine at the time, Russian reports say.
Siberian dam collapse kills 15
Russian mine accident leaves 36 dead
Most trapped Canadian miners freed after two days
Life after a devastating mining disaster
Channel deaths were avoidable – UN
Whose lives were lost in Channel tragedy?
UK officials head to France for migrant talks
Whose lives were lost in Channel tragedy?
What I learned eating at 8,000 Chinese restaurants
Three men guilty of murdering black jogger in US
Germany's Team Scholz sweeps away 16 years of Merkel
Fear and hope after anti-Muslim violence in India
The America I give thanks for (as I depart)
The case that set Turkey on collision course with the West
The baby at the centre of a major Indian scandal
Is this city Europe's best kept cycling secret?
'Everyone should feel safe in schools'
Zara McDermott uncovers a dangerous 'rape culture' in Britain's classrooms
Once a cop, always a cop
Macabre crime in the seedy Stockholm underworld…
© 2021 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

twenty one  ⁄    =  3

Next Post

Africa: Drowning of 27 Migrants in English Channel Is Worst Disaster On Record - IOM

Fri Nov 26 , 2021
Urgent action is needed to avoid a repeat of tragedies like this week’s drowning of at least 27 people in the English Channel, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.The incident amounted to the largest single loss of life in the English Channel since the UN migration agency, […]