Russia: nine dead, 49 missing after mining accident

Russia: nine dead, 49 missing after a mining accident

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Gramoteïno | At least nine people have been killed and about 50 were missing Thursday after an accident at a coal mine in Siberia, a new disaster that hits a regularly mourning sector in Russia. & nbsp;

The authorities said they received an alert at around 8:35 a.m. local time (1:35 a.m. coal mines.

According to the press service of local governor Sergei Tsivilev, 285 people were in the mine at the time of the accident, the causes of which were not immediately known.

At least nine people died and 49 were trapped inside the mine, the same source said, adding that there was “no contact” with the minors reported missing.

“Rescue operations at the Listviajnaya mine are underway. In total, 237 people were brought to the surface and 45 people were injured, “the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Telegram.

” The forces and resources of the ministry are working on the spot ” , continued this organization in charge in particular of firefighters and rescuers.

The location of the missing “is not known at present,” said the local official of the ministry, Alexeï Choulguine, quoted by the TASS news agency.

An accident in the Listviajnaya mine had already taken place in October 2004, when a methane explosion killed 13 people. According to Russian media, an explosion also killed five people there in 1981, during Soviet times.

The precise causes of Thursday's crash were not immediately known.

Widespread laxity

According to a statement from local authorities, 19 specialized rescue teams from the ministry are on site and trying to reach the most remote gallery of the mine, where the missing people could be. “The ventilation systems are working, the gas level is minimal”, they specified.

The local investigation committee for its part specified that an investigation for “violation of safety standards” had been launched.

Accidents in mines in Russia, as elsewhere in the former USSR, are often linked to laxity in the application of safety standards, poor management or dilapidated equipment dating back to Soviet times.

< p> The deadliest accident in recent years left 91 dead and over 100 injured in May 2010 in the Raspadskaya mine, also in the Kemerovo region.

More recently, in October 2019, the rupture of an illegal dam in a gold mine in Siberia left 17 people dead. In the same month, three people were killed after an accident at a mine of the Norilsk Nickel group, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium, in the Arctic.

In August 2017, eight workers were missing after a flood in a diamond mine operated by the Russian group Alrosa in Siberia. The world's leading producer of diamonds, Alrosa had announced the abandonment of research after three weeks of relief operations.

Beyond the human toll, sometimes heavy, some accidents draw attention to the practices of the Russian mining industry, where exploitation is often carried out to the detriment of the environment.

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