After the accident in a mine in Russia, the authorities have confirmed the number of deaths. 46 miners and six emergency services were killed, said the governor of the Kemerovo region, Sergei Ziwiljow, on Friday in the news channel Telegram. According to this, 38 miners and eleven rescue workers are being treated in hospitals – most of them because they have inhaled toxic gases.
In the mine in western Siberia there was an explosion on Thursday morning for an initially unknown cause. Shortly afterwards, the authorities initially spoke of eleven fatalities. There were still 35 workers underground. You have been pronounced dead. During the course of the day, contact with a search team was lost.
According to the Ministry of Civil Protection, 239 workers were rescued from the “Listwjaschnaja” shaft in the Kuznetsk coal basin (Kuzbass). The mine is located around 3000 kilometers east of the capital Moscow.
The likely cause is the methane gas explosion, said the governor. “The exact cause will be determined by a commission.” The mine manager and two other senior staff were arrested, according to the investigation committee.