Russian mining accident kills 11, rescue team is missing – archyde

  • Dozens are stuck underground, rescue operation suspended
  • Rescue workers fear an explosion
  • Rescue team is missing
  • Accident in the heartland of the Russian coal mining industry

MOSCOW, Nov. 25 (Reuters) – At least 11 miners died in a coal mining disaster in Russia’s Siberia on Thursday and an operation to rescue 35 more people trapped underground has been suspended due to the risk of explosion, the region’s governor said.

In another dire twist, the Emergency Department said a team of rescuers were later declared missing after failing to report to other rescue units ordered to return to the surface.

The ministry did not say how many rescuers were missing.

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The accident occurred when coal dust caught fire in a ventilation shaft in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snow-covered region of Kemerovo early Thursday, filling the mine with smoke, the TASS news agency quoted local rescue workers as saying.

“The probability of an explosion is very high. We have decided to suspend search and rescue operations until the gas concentration has decreased, ”said Regional Governor Sergej Zivilev. The methane levels are dangerously high, he said.

Dozens were treated in the hospital, at least some with smoke inhalation. Four were in critical condition.

The Kemerovo coal production area, around 3,500 km east of Moscow, has been plagued by fatal mining accidents for years.

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

Before the bailout ended, the governor said there was electricity and ventilation in the mine, but they had lost contact with some people deep underground.

Specialists gather near buses during a rescue operation after a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, Russia, November 25, 2021. Russian Ministry of Emergencies / Handout via REUTERS

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“At the moment there is no heavy smoke, so let’s hope there is no fire,” Tsivilev said on his Telegram channel. “We have no communication links with these people, the underground communication system doesn’t work.”

About 285 people were in the mine when smoke spread through the ventilation shaft, the civil protection ministry said. At least 239 made it above ground, the authorities said. They didn’t say what caused the smoke.


On state television, President Vladimir Putin said he had spoken to the governor and emergency officials and described the accident as a “major disaster”.

“Unfortunately the situation is not getting any easier. And the lives of the rescuers are in danger … We hope they can save as many people as possible, ”he said.

The Kremlin said Putin had ordered the emergency minister to fly to the region to help.

Kemerovo declared a three-day mourning period.

In 2007, the worst mining accident occurred in Kemerovo since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, when an explosion in the Ulyanovskaya mine claimed more than 100 lives.

In 2010, explosions at the Raspadskaya mine in the region killed more than 90 people.

The regional law enforcement branch of the committee of inquiry said it had opened criminal proceedings for negligence resulting in death.

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Additional reporting from Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Anastasia Lyrchikova and Gleb Stolyarov; Editing by Mark Trevelyan and Giles Elgood

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