After a coal mine accident in Siberia, Russia, six rescuers were found dead, resulting in 52 deaths.
According to Russian news agencies, at least 52 miners and rescuers were killed after the Siberian coal mine accident, and dozens of others were missing.
The Russian news agency TASS quoted an unnamed emergency official as saying that when the coal dust caught fire, the miners were killed and the smoke quickly filled the Listvyazhnaya mine through the ventilation system.
According to RIA Novosti news agency, six rescuers were also killed.
The mine is located near the town of Lovo in Kemerovo. It was smoky in the early hours of Thursday morning and contained 285 people.
Earlier, Kemerovo Governor Sergei Ziverev stated on Telegram that although many people have been evacuated, at least 35 people are still trapped.
In another Telegram message, the governor said 49 people were injured and are seeking medical help.
“The probability of an explosion is very high. We decided to suspend search and rescue operations until the gas concentration drops,” Tsivilev said.
President Vladimir Putin Condolences to the family Of miners were killed, calling it a “great tragedy.”
“I have talked a few times with the Governor of Kemerovo Region [Sergei Tsivilev] And the head of the rescue department,” he said during a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Alexander Vucic in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“They are doing their best, but unfortunately, the situation has not improved. They are now risking their lives. The necessary decisions are being made on the spot. We hope to save as many lives as possible,” he added.
The Kemerovo coal-producing area, located about 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) east of Moscow, has suffered fatal mining accidents for many years.
The Listvyazhnaya mine is part of SDS-Holding and is owned by the privately-owned Siberian Business Union. The owner did not immediately comment.
According to the news media Interfax, citing officials from Rostekhnadzor, Russia’s national technology and ecological regulator, the latest inspection of the Listvyazhnaya mine took place on November 19. The report did not provide any details about the inspection results.
In 2016, a series of methane explosions occurred in the Severnaya coal mine in the far north of Russia, killing 36 miners. After the incident, the authorities analyzed the safety of 58 coal mines in the country and declared that 20 of them may be unsafe.
In another incident in 2010, 91 people were killed and 100 injured in the Raspadskaya mine in Siberia.
The accident was caused by a methane explosion that occurred while more than 300 miners were inside. The second explosion subsequently trapped a group of rescuers.
In 2007, a gas explosion occurred at the Ulyanovskaya mine in the same area, killing 110 people.