Coal mine fire in Russia's Siberia kills 11, dozens trapped

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In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 photo, rescuers hole to enactment astatine a occurrence country astatine a ember excavation adjacent the Siberian metropolis of Kemerovo, astir 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) eastbound of Moscow, Russia,. Russian authorities accidental a occurrence astatine a ember excavation successful Siberia has killed 9 radical and injured 44 others. Dozens of others are inactive trapped. A Russian quality bureau says the blaze took spot successful the Kemerovo portion successful southwestern Siberia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photograph via AP) (Uncredited)

MOSCOW – A occurrence astatine a ember excavation successful Russia's Siberia killed 11 radical and injured much than 40 others connected Thursday, with dozens of others inactive trapped, authorities said.

The blaze took spot successful the Kemerovo portion successful southwestern Siberia. Russia's authorities Tass quality bureau reported, citing an unnamed exigency official, that ember particulate caught fire, and that fume rapidly filled the Litsvyazhnaya excavation done the ventilation system.

A full of 285 radical were successful the excavation astatine the clip of the incidental — 239 of them person been evacuated and 46 different miners are inactive trapped underground, Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov said connected his leafage connected the messaging app Telegram. “Forty-three radical person been hospitalized with injuries, 4 of them successful superior condition,” Tsivilyov said.

Earlier Thursday, Russia's acting curate for exigency situations, Alexander Chupriyan, said 44 miners person been hospitalized with injuries. The quality successful wounded tolls reported by antithetic officials couldn't beryllium instantly reconciled.


Efforts to rescue the remainder are inactive ongoing, hampered by ample amounts of smoke.

Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a transgression probe into the occurrence connected charges of violating information regulations that led to deaths.

President Vladimir Putin connected Thursday extended his condolences to the families of the killed miners and ordered the authorities to connection each the indispensable assistance to those who were injured, Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

In 2016, 36 miners were killed successful a bid of methane explosions successful a ember excavation successful Russia's acold north. In the aftermath of the incident, the authorities analyzed the information of the country's 58 ember mines and declared 20 of them, oregon 34%, perchance unsafe.

The Listvyazhnaya excavation successful the Kemerovo portion wasn't connected the database astatine the time, according to media reports.

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