52 dead, more than 30 missing – mining drama in Siberia

Bad accident in a Russian coal mine!

52 people died in mine explosions in western Siberia and dozen were injured. Among the dead are six rescue workers who died in search work. There are still 35 people in the pit, with whom there is no contact, said the governor of the Kemerovo region, Sergei Tsivilev, on Thursday. Different wording Reports speak of up to 75 missing persons.

A total of 239 workers were rescued from the “Listwjaschnaja” shaft in the Kuznetsk coal basin (Kuzbass), more than 40 of them had to be treated in hospitals, according to the civil defense. An explosion had occurred in the mine that morning for as yet unknown cause.

Helpers carry a rescue tentPhoto: ALEXANDER PATRIN / REUTERS

▶ ︎ The mine tunnels were heavily filled with smoke, it was said. The workers could not save themselves. This was announced by Governor Ziwiljow after a video conference with Russian Civil Protection Minister Alexander Chuprijan. Rescue workers are on duty. Tschuprijan also traveled to the region.

The explosion is said to have occurred at a depth of 250 meters. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims, as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax agency. “We hope that those who are still there underground can be saved,” said Peskow. The president ordered rapid help for the injured.

Working in coal mining in Russia is considered life-threatening. Serious accidents occur time and again due to violations of elementary safety regulations. Methane gas, for example, often explodes. The highly flammable mine gas is released during work in the mining industry and, if the ventilation is poor, it collects in the shafts and routes.


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