Coal mine fire in Russia’s Siberia kills 14, dozens captured – World News

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At least 14 people died in a fire in a coal mine in Russia’s Siberia on Thursday, which also left 35 others missing and feared dead.

Authorities said 11 miners were found dead and that three rescuers also died later when they searched for others trapped in a remote part of the mine. Regional officials declared three days of mourning for the victims.

Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov said 35 miners were missing and their exact location was unknown.

Efforts to rescue those trapped in the mine about 250 meters (820 feet) underground were halted on Thursday afternoon due to an explosion threat, and rescue workers rushed out of the mine.

The news agency Interfax reported that miners have an oxygen supply that normally lasts for six hours that can be extended for a few more hours, but which would still have expired late on Thursday,

Almost 50 other miners were injured.

A total of 285 people were at the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia when the fire broke out and smoke quickly filled the mine through the ventilation system.

Russia’s investigative committee has launched a criminal investigation into the fire, which is accused of violating security regulations that led to deaths.

President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families of the killed miners and ordered the government to offer all necessary assistance to those injured.

Speaking at a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in the Russian resort of Sochi on the Black Sea, Putin stated that there is a danger to the lifeguards and expressed hope that they will succeed in rescuing as many people as possible.

In 2016, 36 miners were killed in a series of methane explosions in a coal mine in the far north of Russia. In the wake of the incident, authorities analyzed the safety of the country’s 58 coal mines and declared 20 of them, or 34%, potentially unsafe.

The Listvyazhnaya mine was not among them at the time, according to media reports.

Russia’s state technology and ecology watch, Rostekhnadzor, inspected the mine in April and registered 139 violations, including violations of fire safety regulations.

A further inspection of the mine was carried out on Friday, but the findings were not immediately reported.

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