Dozens of Miners Trapped and Nine Dead After Fire in Russian Coal Mine
Dozens of miners trapped in a coal mine in Russia after a fire burst while 286 miners were working inside.
A fire burst in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region of Russia’s Siberia killed 11 miners and trapped many others.
The local authorities and emergency services announced that a rescue operation is underway and 259 of the 285 miners have been saved.
According to Sputnik, The Governor of Kemerovo, Oblast Sergei Tsivilev announced that 11 miners have passed away due to the incident, and 44 had been injured, four of them being in critical condition. The rescue operation continues to save the remaining 35 miners from the mine.
Tsivilev also said that ventilation and electricity were still operational in the mine but the communication is lost with the trapped miners.
The Emergencies Ministry stated that the fire broke out at a depth of 250 meters, caused by coal dust that catching fire in a ventilation shaft, and spread smoke across the mine, according to Russian News Agency Tass.