MOSCOW — A fire at a coal mine in Russia’s Siberia killed 11 folks and injured greater than 40 others on Thursday, with dozens of others nonetheless trapped, authorities mentioned.
Efforts to rescue these trapped in the mine had been halted on Thursday afternoon due to an explosion menace, and rescuers had been rushed out of the mine, directors of the mine advised the Interfax news company.
The blaze came about in the Kemerovo area in southwestern Siberia. Russia’s state Tass news company reported, citing an unnamed emergency official, that coal mud caught fire, and that smoke rapidly stuffed the Litsvyazhnaya mine by means of the air flow system.
A complete of 285 folks had been in the mine on the time of the incident — 239 of them have been evacuated and 46 different miners are nonetheless trapped underground, Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov mentioned on his web page on the messaging app Telegram.
“Forty-three people have been hospitalized with injuries, four of them in serious condition,” Tsivilyov mentioned.
Earlier Thursday, Russia’s performing minister for emergency conditions, Alexander Chupriyan, mentioned 44 miners have been hospitalized with accidents. The distinction in harm tolls reported by totally different officers couldn’t be instantly reconciled.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a felony probe into the fire on expenses of violating security rules that led to deaths.
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday prolonged his condolences to the households of the killed miners and ordered the federal government to supply all the required help to those that had been injured, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters.
In 2016, 36 miners had been killed in a sequence of methane explosions in a coal mine in Russia’s far north. In the wake of the incident, the authorities analyzed the protection of the nation’s 58 coal mines and declared 20 of them, or 34%, doubtlessly unsafe.
The Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo area wasn’t amongst them on the time, based on media reviews.
The newest inspection of the mine came about on Nov. 19, Interfax reported, citing officers from Rostekhnadzor, Russia’s state know-how and ecology watchdog. The report didn’t supply any particulars on the outcomes of the inspection.