Coal mine accident in Siberia (AFP)
At least 11 people were killed and dozens of workers were missing in an accident on Thursday at a coal mine in Siberia, Russia. The officials have given information about this. Local governor Sergei Civilev said on Telegram that when the accident happened, there were 285 people inside the Listvyazyna mine in the Kemerovo region, near the city of Belovo. No official statement has been made on the cause of the accident at the mine. Here in 2004, 13 people were killed in a methane explosion.
At least 11 people died and 46 were trapped underground in Thursday’s crash, Civilev said in a statement on the local government’s website. He said in a video on Telegram that there was no communication with the people trapped under the ground. Civilev said, there is no smoke inside the mine, so we think there is no fire below. He further said that the ventilation system of the mine is working properly. He said other people inside the mine have been taken to the surface and 43 people are hospitalized, some of whom are in critical condition.
Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the dead
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that President Vladimir Putin expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the dead. Local investigators said smoke spread to the mine at around 8:35 am local time on Thursday. According to preliminary information, many laborers had to face trouble due to the smoke. Rescue teams and investigators were seen on Russian state television working at the scene in snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. Work started in the Listvyajyana mine in 1956.
Accidents are common in mines
Mining accidents are quite common in Russia and the former Soviet Union as a result of poor safety standards, lack of monitoring of working conditions and outdated Soviet-era equipment. In one of the worst recent examples, 17 people died when an illegal dam at a gold mine in Siberia collapsed in October 2019. In the same month, three people were killed in an accident at a mine in the Arctic belonging to the Norilsk Nickel Group, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium. In August 2017, eight people went missing after a flood flooded a Siberian diamond mine operated by Alrosa, Russia.
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