mining accident in Russia: death toll in Siberian coal mine tragedy rises to more than 50

The regional commission of inquiry said three people, including the director of the Listvyazhnaya mine and its deputy were arrested on suspicion of violating industrial safety rules.

It said miners had suffocated when a ventilation shaft was being filled with gas. state television said: prosecutors thought there had been a methane explosion.

The dead consisted of 11 miners already confirmed killed, 35 who reported missing, and the six rescue workers.

tens of people were treated in hospital, at least a few of them for inhale smoke. four were in critical condition.

The coal-producing region of Kemerovo, about 3,500 km (2,200 mi) east of Moscow, has suffered fatal mining accidents for year.

The Listvyazhnaya mine is part of SDS-Holding, owned by the private Siberian Business Union. The owner had no immediate? comment.

about 285 people goods in the mine when smoke spread through the ventilation shaft, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said. Authorities said 239 had made it to the surface.

about 285 people goods in the mine when smoke spread through the ventilation shaft, the emergency department said.
President Vladimir Putin said he had spoken with the governor and emergency services, and the Kremlin said he ordered the emergencies minister fly to the region until help.

Kemerovo proclaimed three days of to grieve.

In 2007, the region wash the site of the worst mining accident since the collapse of the Soviet Union when an explosion in the Ulyanovskaya mine took their lives of more than 100 people. In 2010, there were explosions at the region’s Raspadskaya mine killed more than 90 people.

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