According to Russian officials, a catastrophic explosion at a Siberian coal mine killed 52 miners and rescuers about 250 meters (820 feet) underground.
Hours after the methane gas explosion and fire filled the mine with toxic gas, rescuers found 14 bodies, but searched for another 38 bodies due to methane accumulation and high levels of carbon monoxide gas from the fire. I had no choice but to cancel.
An additional 239 people were rescued.
The state’s Tas and RIA-Novosti news agencies quoted emergency authorities as saying there was no possibility of finding any more survivors at the Ristovyaznaya mine in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia.
Interfax news agency said it died of carbon monoxide poisoning, citing a representative of the local government who killed 52 people in the fire on Thursday.
It was Russia’s most deadly mining accident since 2010, when 91 people were killed in two methane explosions and fires at the Raspadoskaya mine in the same Kemerovo region.
Early Thursday, a total of 285 people were in the Listvyazhnaya mine. At that time, the blast sent smoke and the mine was quickly filled through the ventilation system.
Rescuers led 239 miners to the surface, 49 of whom were injured and 11 bodies found.
Later that day, six rescuers also died while searching for other rescuers trapped in remote areas of the mine, news reports said.
Local authorities have declared a three-day memorial.
Russia’s deputy prosecutor, Dmitry Demesin, told reporters that the fire was likely caused by a spark-induced methane explosion.
The surviving miners described the shock after reaching the surface.
“I went out as much as I could, smelling shock, air, dust, and gas,” Sergei Gorbin, one of the rescued miners, said in a television statement.
“At first I didn’t even know what happened, so I took in gas.”
Another miner, Rustam Chebelkov, recalled the dramatic moment when the turmoil swallowed the mine and was rescued with his companions.
“I was crawling, and then I felt they grabbed me,” he said.
“I stretched my arms to them, they couldn’t see me, the visibility was poor. They grabbed me and pulled me out. Without them we would die. . “
Explosions of methane released from coal seams during mining are rare, but they cause the most deaths in the mining industry.
The Russian investigative commission has launched a criminal investigation into a fire over a fatal violation of safety regulations.
The mine chief and two senior managers were detained.
President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families of the dead and ordered the government to provide all necessary support to the injured.
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Dozens of people died after coal mining explosion in Siberia
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