EM – More than 50 dead reported at coal mine in Siberia

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Rescue workers prepare to work on a fire scene in a coal mine near the Siberian city of Kemerovo, November 25, 2021. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations via AP)

GRAMOTEINO, Russia: According to reports More than 50 people died on Thursday (November 25) after Rauch filled a Siberian coal mine and a rescue operation ended in tragedy.

Senior managers of the mine in Russia’s Kemerovo region were in the giant after the latest fatal accident The country’s mining industry arrested on suspected security breaches.

Russian news outlets quoted local authorities as saying that 52 people had been killed, including miners and six rescuers who participated in an abandoned search operation.

“According to preliminary Information is not left alive in the mine, “the state news agency TASS quoted a source from the local Ret service.

The Listvyashnaja mine near the town of Belovo in the Kemerovo mining area filled with smoke in the early morning hours of Thursday with 285 people inside.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the accident, although some Russian media reported that dust caught fire in a ventilation shaft and filled the mine with smoke.

The RIA Novosti news agency quoted prosecutors as saying that a spark may have caused a methane explosion.

A search and Rescue began but was canceled a few hours later after officials warned of an impending explosion.

There were reports of rescuers running out of oxygen and news outlets said the bodies of six of them had been found. </ The Russian investigative committee, which is investigating important cases, opened a criminal investigation and said three people had been arrested on it ter the 47-year-old director of the mine and his 59-year-old first deputy.

“The first investigation found that the inmates had violated health and safety regulations,” said a statement from the committee.

Earlier That day, the residents of the village of Gramoteino gathered next to the mine in snowfall and freezing temperatures in front of the entrance to the facility, which was closed with a cantilever gate, when ambulances drove in and out.

“This is a great tragedy,” said President Vladimir Putin Talks with the Serbian head of state Aleksandar Vucic in Sochi.

The Listvyazhnaya mine was founded in 1956 and belongs to the company SDS-Ugol based in the city of Kemerovo.

A methane explosion in 2004 killed 13 people in the mine and Another explosion at the site killed five people in 1981.

Mine accidents are in Russia and throughout the former Soviet Union due to poor safety standards, lack of supervision Soviet-era working conditions and aging equipment quite common.

One of the deadliest mining accidents in Russia occurred in the summer of 2010 at the Raspadskaya mine in Siberia – Russia’s largest coal mine, killing 91 people and injuring more than 100 .

The incident was the result of a methane explosion that left more than 300 miners inside. A second explosion then hit a group of rescuers.

In 2007, 110 people died after a gas explosion in the Ulyanovskaya mine in the same region.

In addition to the fatal accidents, activists have responded to the environmental practices of mines in Russia made aware of one of the largest mineral producers in the world.

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