Coal Mine Fire in Russia’s Siberia Kills 11, Dozens Trapped

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MOSCOW—A fire astatine a coal excavation successful Russia’s Siberia killed 11 radical and injured much than 40 others connected Thursday, with dozens of others inactive trapped, authorities said.

Efforts to rescue those trapped successful the excavation were halted connected Thursday day due to the fact that of an detonation threat, and rescuers were rushed retired of the mine, administrators of the excavation told the Interfax quality agency.

A full of 285 radical were successful the excavation astatine the clip of the incident—239 of them person been evacuated and 46 different miners are inactive trapped underground, Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov said connected his leafage connected the messaging app Telegram.

“Forty-three radical person been hospitalized with injuries, 4 of them successful superior condition,” Tsivilyov said.

Earlier Thursday, Russia’s acting curate for exigency situations, Alexander Chupriyan, said 44 miners person been hospitalized with injuries. The quality successful wounded tolls reported by antithetic officials couldn’t beryllium instantly reconciled.

AP21329379363584 Rescuers locomotion astatine the Listvyazhnaya ember excavation retired of the Siberian metropolis of Kemerovo, astir 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) eastbound of Moscow, Russia connected Nov. 25, 2021. (Governor of Kemerovo portion property bureau photograph via AP)

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a transgression probe into the occurrence connected charges of violating information regulations that led to deaths.

President Vladimir Putin connected Thursday extended his condolences to the families of the killed miners and ordered the authorities to connection each the indispensable assistance to those who were injured, Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

In 2016, 36 miners were killed successful a bid of methane explosions successful a ember excavation successful Russia’s acold north. In the aftermath of the incident, the authorities analyzed the information of the country’s 58 ember mines and declared 20 of them, oregon 34 percent, perchance unsafe.

The Listvyazhnaya excavation successful the Kemerovo portion wasn’t among them astatine the time, according to media reports.

The latest inspection of the excavation took spot connected Nov. 19, Interfax reported, citing officials from Rostekhnadzor, Russia’s authorities exertion and ecology watchdog. The study didn’t connection immoderate details connected the results of the inspection.

By Daria Litvinova

The Associated Press