Russia’s mine explosion: Coal explosion kills 52 and leaves survivors trapped 820 feet – World News

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Efforts to rescue the miners – trapped 820 feet in an air pocket during the fire at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Belovo, southwestern Siberia – have been halted

A total of 287 miners were in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine when an underground explosion occurred
A total of 287 miners were in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine when an underground explosion occurred

A pit explosion killed at least 46 miners and buried another 35 in Russia.

Six rescuers who were sent down the smoke-filled tunnels to find survivors died hours later.

A miner said those at the center of the huge explosion were “wiped off the ground”.

Last night, hopes of freeing the 35 men trapped 820 feet disappeared, with rescue teams being held back due to explosive methane and toxic carbon monoxide.

President Vladimir Putin said: “The situation is not getting any easier. There is a danger to the lives of the rescuers.

“We hope they can save as many as they can.”

Early reports said the men were in an air pocket during the fire at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Belovo, southwestern Siberia.







Rescuers put together plans near the mine where coal dust exploded in the ventilation system
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Before the rescue was stopped, Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev said there was still electricity and ventilation in the mine but that they had lost contact with people deep underground.

He added: “Currently there is no heavy smoke, so we hope there is no fire. The underground communication system is not working.”

About 285 people were in the mine 3,000 km east of Moscow during the explosion.







Specialists from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations are taking part in a rescue operation
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Nikolay Alimov, on leave from work with an injury, said: “Many have been poisoned by carbon monoxide.”

Some miners managed to pull out others “before being suffocated”.

Another pitman said: “I had just started my shift and it was clapping loudly.







The victims’ relatives are seen at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine
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“It was dust … I started choking.”

Last night the locals still prayed for a miracle but the situation remained confused. There were also allegations of a second explosion 12 hours after the first.

In 2007, more than 100 people died in a pit explosion in the region. In 2010 another 90 died.

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