World At least 11 dead, dozens trapped in Russian mining accident
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At least 11 people died in an accident at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia on Thursday, local authorities said, as emergency workers tried to rescue dozens more miners who were still trapped deep underground.
Coal dust caught fire in a ventilation shaft in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snowbound Kemerovo region, filling the mine with smoke, the TASS news agency cited local emergency services as saying.
Eleven people were found dead, Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev said, and 46 were still underground. Dozens of others were being treated in hospital, at least some of them with smoke poisoning. Four were in critical condition.
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Rescue workers and ambulances could be seen arriving at the mine's compound in video footage, with police huddled outside as it snowed in the region roughly 3,500 km (2,175 miles) east of Moscow.
Some 285 people were inside the mine when smoke spread through the ventilation shaft, the emergency ministry said. At least 239 made it above ground, authorities said. They did not say what had caused the smoke.
Tsivilev said there was no longer heavy smoke in the mine, where there was still electricity and ventilation, but that contact had been lost with some people deep underground.
"For now there is no heavy smoke, so we hope that there is no fire," Tsivilev said in video comments shared on his Telegram channel. "We have no communication lines with these people, the underground communications system is not working."
Dozens of miners trapped, 11 killed after Siberian coal mine fire
Dozens of miners are trapped after a fire at a coal mine in Siberia killed 11 and injured more than 40. The fire broke out in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia on Thursday after coal dust reportedly caught fire at the Listvyazhnaya mine.Efforts to rescue those still trapped in the mine were paused on Thursday because of an explosion, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. About 35 miners remain trapped underground, according to Kemerovo Gov. Sergei Tsivilyov.GERMANY WILL CONTINUE TO HOST US NUCLEAR WEAPONS, INCOMING GOVERNMENT SAYSA total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident.
The regional branch of Russia's Investigative Committee said it had opened a criminal case into negligence that had caused deaths.
"According to preliminary data, a number of workers suffered from smoke poisoning. The number of victims is being specified," it said in an earlier statement.
The mine is part of SDS-Holding, owned by the privately held Siberian Business Union. The union had no immediate comment.
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