11 useless, dozens trapped after fireplace at Siberian coal mine, Russian officers say

A fireplace at a coal mine in Siberia killed 11 people and injured greater than 40 others on Thursday, with dozens of others nonetheless trapped, authorities stated.

The blaze happened within the Kemerovo area in southwestern Siberia. Russia’s state Tass information company reported, citing an unnamed emergency official, that coal mud caught fireplace, and that smoke rapidly stuffed the Litsvyazhnaya mine by the air flow system.

A complete of 285 people had been within the mine on the time of the incident — 239 of them have been evacuated and 46 other miners are nonetheless trapped underground, Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov stated on his web page on the messaging app Telegram. “Forty-three people have been hospitalized with injuries, four of them in serious condition,” Tsivilyov stated.

Earlier Thursday, Russia’s performing minister for emergency conditions, Alexander Chupriyan, stated 44 miners have been hospitalized with accidents. The distinction in damage tolls reported by completely different officers could not be instantly reconciled.

Efforts to rescue the remaining are nonetheless ongoing, hampered by giant quantities of smoke.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a legal probe into the fireplace on costs of violating security rules that led to deaths.

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday prolonged his condolences to the households of the killed miners and ordered the government to supply all the required help to those that had been injured, Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov instructed reporters.

34% of Russia’s coal mines deemed doubtlessly unsafe

In 2016, 36 miners had been killed in a sequence of methane explosions in a coal mine in Russia’s far north. In the wake of the incident, the authorities analyzed the security of the nation’s 58 coal mines and declared 20 of them, or 34 per cent, doubtlessly unsafe.

The Listvyazhnaya mine within the Kemerovo area wasn’t amongst them on the time, in keeping with media experiences.

The latest inspection of the mine happened on Nov. 19, the Interfax information company reported, citing officers from Rostekhnadzor, Russia’s state know-how and ecology watchdog. The report did not provide any particulars on the outcomes of the inspection.

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