Disaster in Siberia: More than 50 dead after explosion in mine


Status: 25.11.2021 9:13 p.m.

More than 50 people were killed in the worst mining accident in Russia in years. In addition to miners, some rescue workers also died. What triggered the explosion in the mine in Siberia is still unclear.

The number of victims after the serious mining accident in Siberia has risen to more than 50. The state agencies Tass and Ria Novosti reported in the evening, citing the ambulance service, of 52 deaths. Among them were six rescue workers who died during search work in the mine.

It is therefore clear that the miners who were previously missing are also dead. The accident occurred in the “Listwjaschnaja” shaft in the Kuznetsk coal basin. There was a coal dust explosion underground in the morning, the cause of which is unclear. At the time, a total of 285 people were underground, the authorities said. 239 of them were brought to safety. 49 people needed medical help.

Have the safety regulations not been observed?

The Tass news agency, citing an unnamed official, reported that coal dust caught fire and the smoke quickly spread through the mine via the ventilation system. The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into the fire. There were allegations that safety regulations had not been observed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims of the “tragedy” and ordered aid to the bereaved and survivors. According to the investigators, the 47-year-old mine director, his deputy and a department head were arrested. You would have to answer for violating work regulations.


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