Tragedy in Russia: Death toll rises to 52 after coal mine explosion

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Russian rescuers work in Listvyazhnaya (Reuters)

hours after the blast Methane gas and fire will fill the mine with toxic gasesrescue squad They found 14 bodies, but later had to halt the search for 38 others due to a build-up of methane gas and carbon monoxide from the fire. they were A total of 239 people were rescued.

State news agencies TASS and RIA-Novosti quoted emergency officials as saying that “No There was a possibility to find more survivors in the Listvyazhnaya mine ”, In the Kemerovo region of South-Western Siberia.

The Interfax news agency cited a representative of the regional administration, who also calculated The death toll is 52, they said, they died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilov (R) visits a miners' boarding school (Reuters)
Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilov (R) visits a miners’ boarding school (Reuters)

In the early hours of Thursday there were a total of 285 people in the Listvyazhnaya mine. The explosion sent smoke that quickly filled the mine through the ventilation system. Rescuers brought 239 miners to the surface, of whom 49 were injured and 11 bodies were found.

later in the day Six rescuers also died while searching for others trapped in a remote part of the mine.said in news reports. Regional officials declared three days of mourning,

Russia‘s deputy attorney general Dmitry Demshin told reporters that The fire is most likely caused by a methane explosion caused by a spark.

Reuters/Alexander Patrin
Reuters/Alexander Patrin

The surviving miners described their tremors as they reached the surface. ,Effect. Air. Dust. And then we smelled the gas and we started running out as much as we could”. One of the rescued miners said, Sergei Golubin, in television statements. “At first we didn’t know what happened and we inhaled some gas.”

another miner, Rustam ChebelkovHe recalled the dramatic moment he was rescued along with his companions when chaos surrounded the mine. “I was crawling and then I felt like they grabbed me”, said.

“I extended my arms towards them, they could not see me, visibility was poor. They grabbed me and took me out, if it wasn’t for them, we would have died.”

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NS methane explosion continues Coal beds are rare during mining, but They cause the majority of deaths in the coal mining industry.

Miners have oxygen supplies that typically last six hours (Reuters)
Miners have oxygen supplies that typically last six hours (Reuters)

Interfax news agency reported that The miners have an oxygen supply that normally lasts six hours. And that they can only be extended for a few more hours.

On the other hand, the Investigative Committee of Russia started a Criminal investigation of fire for violation of safety regulations that led to the deaths. He said the mine manager and two senior managers have been arrested.

russian president, Vladimir Putinspread, Mourning for the families of the deceased and ordered the government to provide all necessary assistance to the injured.

Thursday’s fire was not the first fatal accident at the Listvyazhnaya mine. In 2004, 13 miners were killed in a methane explosion. In 2007, a methane explosion at the Ulyanovskaya mine in the Kemerovo region killed 110 miners in the deadliest mine accident since Soviet times.

After the accident in Listvyazhnaya (REUTERS / Alexander Patrin) relatives and neighbors gather at the entrance to the mine field
After the accident in Listvyazhnaya (REUTERS / Alexander Patrin) relatives and neighbors gather at the entrance to the mine field

In 2016, 36 miners were killed in a series of methane explosions at a coal mine in Russia‘s far north. Following the incident, officials analyzed the safety of 58 coal mines in the country and declared that 20, or 34%, of them were potentially unsafe.

According to media reports, the Listvyazhnaya mine was not among them at that time. this was the accident Deadliest mine in Russia since 2010, when in the Kemerovo region, two methane explosions and a fire at the Raspadskaya mine killed 91 people.

Russia‘s state technology and ecology watchdog Rostekhnadzor inspected the mine in April and recorded 139 violations, including fire safety regulations.

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