At least 11 dead, dozens captured in russian mining accident

MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) – At least 11 miners have died in an accident in a coal mine in Russia’s Siberia on Thursday and an operation to save dozens more people underground was suspended because of the risk of an explosion, local authorities and emergency services said.

Caught coal dust fire in a ventilation shaft in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snowbound Kemerovo region early on Thursday, fill the mine with smoke, the TASS news That’s what the local emergency services say.

“The Search and Rescue” work has been temporarily suspended due to the threat of an explosion,” an unnamed spokesperson for the emergency services quoted by the RIA news agency says.

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elf people died and 35 others were still underground, regional governor Sergei Tsivilev said, according to RIA.

Dozens were treated in hospital, at least a few of them with smoke poisoning. four were in critical condition.

Rescue workers and ambulances were seen at the arrival of the mine in video footage, with police huddled outside while it was snowing in the region about 3,500 km (2,175 miles) to the east of Moscow.

about 285 people goods in the mine when smoke spread through the ventilation shaft, the emergency department said. At least 239 made it above the ground, authorities said. They didn’t say what had caused the smoke.

The Kremlin said it hoped the miners who were still underground could get out and that President Vladimir Putin had ordered the emergencies minister to fly out to the region until help with the operation.

Tsivilev said there was still electricity and ventilation in mine, but that contact was broken with some people deep underground.

“For now there is no heavy smoke, so we hope there is none” fireTsivilev said: in video comments shared on his Telegram channel. “We have no lines of communication with this people, the underground communication system does not work.”

The regional branch of the law enforcement agency’s commission of inquiry said it was a… criminal case in negligence die had caused loss of life.

“According to preliminary data, a number of of workers contracted smoke poisoning. The number of victims is specified,” it said in an earlier statement.

Mine is part of SDS-Holding, owned by the private Siberian Business Union. The union had no immediate comment.

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Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Alexander Marrow, Anastasia Lyrchikova and Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Alexander Marrow/Tom Balmforth; Editing by Stephen Coates and Bernadette Baum

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