A devastating explosion in a Siberian coal mine on Thursday left 52 miners and rescuers dead about 250 meters (820 feet) underground, Russian officials have said.
Hours after a methane gas explosion and fire filled the mine with toxic fumes, rescuers found 14 bodies, but were then forced to abandon the search for 38 others because of a build-up of methane and carbon monoxide gas from the fire. AN total of 239 people were rescued.
The state of Tass and RIA-Novosti news authorities called emergency officials die said there is no chance of find something more survivors in the Listvyazhnaya mine, in the Kemerovo region of southwest Siberia.
the interfax news body named a representative of the regional administration who also put the death toll at 52, saying they died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
It was the deadliest mining accident in Russia since 2010, when two methane explosions and one fire killed 91 people in the Raspadskaya mine, also in the Kemerovo region.
AN total of 285 people goods in the Listvyazhnaya mine early on Thursday when the explosion produced smoke die the mine quickly filled through the ventilation system. Rescuers led to the surface 239 miners, 49 of die were injured, and found 11 bodies.
Later on in day, six rescuers also died while searching for others caught in An remote section of the mine, the news reports said. Regional officials declared three days of to grieve.
Russian Deputy Prosecutor general, Dmitry Demeshin, told reporters that the fire most likely the result of a methane explosion caused by a spark.
the miners who survived described their shock after reaching the surface. “Consequence. Air. Dust. And then we smelled gas and… just started walking out, as much as we could,” one of the rescued miners, Sergey Golubin, said: in television comments. “We didn’t even realize what was happening on first and took some gasoline in.”
Another miner, Rustam Chebelkov, remembered the dramatic moment when he was rescued together with his comrades as chaos engulfed the mine. “I crawled and then I felt them grab me,” he said.
“I reached my arms out for them they could not see me, the visibility was bad. They grabbed me and pulled me out, if not for them, we would be dead.”
explosions of Methane released from coal seams during mining is rare, but they cause most fatalities in the mining industry.
the interfax news agency reported miners have oxygen supplies die normally last a long time for six hours that can only be stretched for a few more hours.
The Russian Commission of Inquiry has criminal to probe in the fire over violations of safety lines die led to death. It said mine director and two senior drivers were arrested.
Russian President Vladimir Putin extended his condolences to the families of the dead and ordered the government provide all necessary assistance to the injured.
Thursday fire was not the first deadly accident in the Listvyazhnaya mine. In 2004, a methane explosion left 13 miners dead. In 2007, a methane explosion in the Ulyanovskaya mine place in the Kemerovo region killed 110 miners in the deadliest mining accident since the Soviet Union times.
In 2016, 36 miners were killed in An series of methane explosions in a coal mine in Russia is far north. in the wake of the incident, authorities analyzed the safety of the country’s 58 coal mines and declared 20 of them, of 34%, possibly unsafe.
The Listvyazhnaya mine was not there at the time, according to media reports.
Russian state technology and ecology watchdog Rostekhnadzor inspected the mine in April and registered 139 violations, including violations fire safety regulations.
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