Nov 25, 2021 04:31 GMT
It is reported that the presence of smoke, caused by a coal dust fire, was detected in the ventilation shaft and did not cause damage to the mine.
At least 11 people have died in a mine in the city of Belovo, in Kemerovo (Russia), after smoke was detected inside it due to a fire on Thursday, as confirmed by local authorities. According to initial reports, 49 more people were injured after the incident.
According to the governor of the region, Sergei Tsiviliov, 285 people were inside the mine when the presence of smoke was detected, 239 of whom have already been evacuated. So far, rescue services are unable to establish communication with around 40 people who could have been trapped in two remote galleries.
The total number of victims, all of whom show symptoms of smoke inhalation poisoning, could change in the next few hours. After hours of searching, the rescue operation was suspended when methane concentrations above 6% were detected, which presupposes risk of explosion.
It is reported that the presence of smoke, caused by a coal dust fire, was detected in the ventilation shaft and caused no damage to the mine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased miners and ordered to provide all the necessary support to carry out the rescue operation. “We hope that it will be possible to save those who are there under the ground,” said presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov, quoted by RIA Novosti.
The recordings that have been disseminated on social media show a strong presence of emergency services in the area as the evacuation continues.
In connection with the incident, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case for violation of industrial safety regulations.