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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Death tally in Siberian coal mine explosion extends to 52, Russian officials state

Key takeaways: 

  • Emergency officials said state news companies there was no possibility of getting any more survivors.
  • Specialists take a role in a release operation Thursday following an explosion in a coal mine in the Kemerovo area of Russia. 

Siberian coal blast resulted in 52 deaths: 

A disastrous blast in a Siberian coal mine Thursday left 52 miners and rescuers dead around 250 metres under, Russian officials stated.

Hours after a methane gas blast and fire charged the mine with noxious fumes, rescuers discovered bodies of 14 people but then were required to prevent the hunt for 38 others because of a development of methane and a high concentration of carbon monoxide fumes from the fire. Added 239 people were saved.

The state Tass and RIA-Novosti news agencies cited emergency officials as stating that there was no possibility of discovering any survivors in the Listvyazhnaya mine, in the Kemerovo area of southwestern Siberia.

The Interfax news agency ordered a representative of the provincial administration who also put the death tally from Thursday’s fire at 52, stating the sufferers died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

It was the most dangerous mine accident in Russia since 2010 when two methane blasts and a fire destroyed 91 people at the Raspadskaya mine in the identical Kemerovo area.

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The saved miner’s term disorder

A sum of 285 people was in the Listvyazhnaya mine early Thursday when the explosion sent smoke that immediately filled the mine through the airing system. Rescuers managed to cover 239 miners — 49 of whom were wounded.

Following in the day, six rescuers also died while hunting for others caught in a remote part of the mine, the news records stated.

Regional officials announced three days of grief.

Russia’s Deputy Prosecutor General Dmitry Demeshin informed reporters that the fire most possible resulted from a methane blast affected by a spark.

The miners who survived expressed their excitement after touching the surface.

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