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At least 11 people were killed and dozens were trapped in a Russian mining accident

Experts gathered near the bus during rescue operations after a fire broke out at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region of Russia on November 25, 2021.Distribution via the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia / REUTERS

November 25, 2021

Moscow (Reuters)-At least 11 people were killed in an accident at a coal mine in Siberia, Russia on Thursday, local officials said rescue workers tried to rescue dozens of miners still trapped deep underground. ..

A TASS news agency said coal dust ignited at the ventilation towers of the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snow-covered Kemerovo area, filling the mine with smoke.

According to the Governor of Sergei Chibilev, 11 people have died and 46 are still underground. Dozens of others were being treated in hospitals, at least some of which were being treated for smoke poisoning. The four were in crisis.

As it snowed about 3,500 km (2,175 miles) east of Moscow, police flocked outside and could see rescue workers and ambulances arriving at the mine site in video footage.

According to the Ministry of Emergency, about 285 people were in the mine when the smoke spread through the ventilation towers. At least 239 people have reached the ground, officials said. They didn’t say what caused the smoke.

Tsivilev said the mine, where electricity and ventilation still remained, no longer had heavy smoke, but lost contact with some people deep underground.

“There is no smoke so far, so I hope there is no fire,” Tsivilev said in a video comment shared on his Telegram channel. “We don’t have a communication line with these people. The underground communication system isn’t working.”

A regional branch of the Russian Investigation Commission said it had filed a criminal proceeding for the negligence that caused the death.

“Preliminary data show that many workers were suffering from smoke poisoning. The number of victims has been identified,” he said.

The mine is part of SDS Holding, which is owned by the privately held Siberian Business Union. The union did not make immediate comments.

(Report by Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Gleb Stolyarov, Alexander Marrow, Anastasia Lyrchikova, Written by Alexander Marrow / Tom Balmforth, Edited by Stephen Coates and Bernadette Baum)



At least 11 people were killed and dozens were trapped in a Russian mining accident

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