A fire in a coal mine in Siberia, Russia, killed 11 people and injured more than 40 on Thursday.
Rescuers are preparing to work at a fire site in a coal mine near the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 km (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Image: AP)
Fires at a coal mine in Siberia, Russia, killed 11 people, injured more than 40 and left dozens still trapped, officials said.
The flames occurred in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia. Citing an unnamed emergency authority, the Russian state Tas News Agency reported that coal dust ignited and the smoke quickly filled the Litsvyazhnaya mine through a ventilation system.
Kemerovo Oblast Governor Sergey Tsivilov said on the Telegram messaging app page that a total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident. Of these, 239 have been evacuated and the other 46 miners are still trapped underground. “43 people were injured and hospitalized, four of whom were in serious condition,” said Chibiryov.
Earlier Thursday, Russia’s deputy minister for emergencies, Alexander Chupriyan, said 44 miners were injured and hospitalized. Differences in tolls for injuries reported by different officials could not be adjusted immediately.
Efforts to save the rest are still ongoing and are hampered by heavy smoke.
The Russian investigative commission has launched a criminal investigation into the fire for violating fatal safety regulations.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Putin, told reporters that President Vladimir Putin would condolence the families of the murdered miners on Thursday and provide all the necessary support to the injured. He said he had ordered the government.
In 2016, a series of methane explosions at the northernmost coal mine in Russia killed 36 miners. Following the incident, authorities analyzed the safety of 58 coal mines in the country and declared 20 or 34% of them potentially dangerous.
According to media reports, the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo region was not on the list at the time.
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