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Russia: At least 52 people (including 6 rescuers) died after an explosion in a Siberian coal mine | World News

At least 52 people were killed after the explosion at a Siberian coal mine.

The explosion was caused by a methane gas leak about 250m (820ft) underground.

The Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo region was filled with flames and poisonous gas, and the search for survivors was abandoned.

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Ambulances and fire trucks near the Listvyazhnaya coal mine. Pic: AP

The six killed were rescuers, and all 52 died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

A total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the explosion, and 239 miners were successfully led to the surface.

One of the rescued people, Sergei Gorbin, said: .. “

Another miner, Rustam Chebelkov, describes the moment he was saved:

“I stretched out to them, but they couldn’t see me and had poor visibility. They grabbed me and pulled me out. Without them we would have been dead.”

A blast criminal investigation has begun. Pic: AP
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A blast criminal investigation has begun. Pic: AP

The Thursday explosion was Russia’s most deadly mining accident since 2010, when two methane explosions and one fire killed 91 people.

Criminal investigations into the explosion have begun-and authorities say the mine director and two senior managers have been detained.

President Vladimirputin condolences to the victims’ families and has declared a three-day memorial service in the region.

After 36 miners were killed in 2016, authorities analyzed the safety of 58 coal mines in Russia and concluded that 34% of them were potentially dangerous.

According to local media reports, the Listvyazhnaya mine was not included in it at the time.

However, when a Russian guard dog visited the scene in April, 139 violations were recorded, including fire safety-related violations.

Russia: At least 52 people (including 6 rescuers) died after an explosion in a Siberian coal mine | World News

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