11 dead, dozens trapped after fire at Siberian coal mine, Russian officials say

a hearth at a coal mine in Siberia killed ELEVEN people and injured more than 40 others on Thursday, with dozens of others nonetheless trapped, government stated.

The blaze happened in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia. Russia’s state Tass news company suggested, bringing up an unnamed emergency professional, that coal dust stuck fire, and that smoke briefly stuffed the Litsvyazhnaya mine in the course of the ventilation device.

a complete of 285 other people have been in the mine at the time of the incident — 239 of them were evacuated and FORTY SIX different miners are nonetheless trapped underground, Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov said on his page on the messaging app Telegram. “Forty-3 people have been hospitalized with accidents, 4 of them in severe condition,” Tsivilyov mentioned.

Earlier Thursday, Russia’s acting minister for emergency situations, Alexander Chupriyan, stated 44 miners have been hospitalized with accidents. the difference in harm tolls stated through different officers couldn’t be in an instant reconciled.

Efforts to rescue the rest are nonetheless ongoing, hampered via huge quantities of smoke.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a legal probe into the hearth on fees of violating protection regulations that led to deaths.

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday prolonged his condolences to the families of the killed miners and ordered the federal government to provide all the essential assistance to those who were injured, Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov instructed journalists.

34% of Russia’s coal mines deemed probably hazardous

In 2016, 36 miners were killed in a sequence of methane explosions in a coal mine in Russia’s some distance north. in the wake of the incident, the government analyzed the safety of the country’s 58 coal mines and declared 20 of them, or 34 in step with cent, doubtlessly unsafe.

The Listvyazhnaya mine within the Kemerovo area wasn’t amongst them at the time, according to media reports.

the most recent inspection of the mine came about on Nov. 19, the Interfax news agency stated, mentioning officials from Rostekhnadzor, Russia’s state era and ecology watchdog. The record didn’t offer any main points at the result of the inspection.

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