MOSCOW-Russian officials claimed that a deadly explosion at a Siberia mine killed 52 miners. Rescuers were also hurt. The blast occurred about 820 feet underground.
Hours after the methane explosion, which caused the mine to burst into toxic smoke, rescuers located 14 bodies. However, because of the carbon monoxide gas and methane that had been accumulated in the fire, rescuers were forced stop looking for the 38 other bodies. Two hundred and ninety-nine more people were also saved.
Tass reported that emergency officials said there were no survivors at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, southwestern Siberia.
Interfax News Agency reported that representatives of regional governments stated that 52 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning after the accident.
This is Russia’s worst mine disaster since 2010. Two methane explosions, a fire and an explosion occurred at the Raspadskaya mining site in the same region. The incident killed 91 people.
Two hundred and eighty-five people were inside the Listvyazhnaya Mine when the explosion emitted smoke that quickly filled the mine via the ventilation system. 239 miners were rescued by rescuers, 49 were seriously injured, and 11 bodies were discovered.
According to news reports, six rescuers were killed while trying to find other trapped people in remote parts of the mine.
Three days of condolences were announced by district officials.
Russian Deputy Attorney General Dmitry Demeshin stated to reporters that the fire was likely caused by a methane explosion due to sparks.
The survivors described their shock upon reaching the surface.
“Impact. Air. Dust. Sergey Gorubin (one of the rescue miners) said that when gas was detected, they began to move as fast as possible. “We didn’t know what was happening, so we inhaled gasoline.
Rustam Cherbelkov, another miner, recalled the moment when he was rescued with his comrades when the mine was in chaos.
“I crawled, and then they caught my arm,” he stated. “I extended my arm towards them. They couldn’t see me. It was difficult to see me. They grabbed me and pulled my out. We would have been dead if it wasn’t for them.”