Moscow — A fire at a coal mine in Siberia, Russia, killed 11 people, injured more than 40 and left dozens still trapped on Thursday, officials said.
The flames occurred in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia. Citing an unnamed emergency authority, the Russian state Tas News Agency reported that coal dust ignited and smoke quickly filled the mine through a ventilation system.
Kemerovo Oblast Governor Sergey Tsivilov said on the Telegram messaging app page that a total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident. Of these, 239 have been evacuated and the other 46 miners are still trapped underground. “43 people were injured and hospitalized, four of whom are in serious condition,” said Chibiryov.
Earlier Thursday, Russia’s deputy minister for emergencies, Alexander Chupriyan, said 44 miners were injured and hospitalized. Differences in tolls for injuries reported by different officials could not be adjusted immediately.
Efforts to save the rest are still ongoing and are hampered by heavy smoke.
The Russian investigative commission has launched a criminal investigation into the fire for violating fatal safety regulations.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Putin, told reporters that President Vladimir Putin would condolence the families of the murdered miners on Thursday and provide all the necessary support to the injured. He said he had ordered the government.
11 people were killed and dozens were trapped in a Russian coal-seam fire
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