Death toll in Russian mine accident rises to 52

09:14, 26 November 2021
Death toll in Russian mine accident rises to 52

The emergency service has confirmed the deaths of 46 miners and six rescuers at the Listvyazhnaya mine in the east of Russia, the commander of the mountain rescue detachment Yuri She told reporters.

The miners and rescuers were reportedly suffocated by the carbon monoxide.

According to the regional governor Sergei Tsivilev, the mine will need to be filled with methane to reduce the risk of explosion and it will take three days. At that moment, the rescue operation was suspended due to the threat of an explosion.

The fire and smoke reportedly broke out in the ventilation drift of the mine at a depth of 250 meters on Thursday night. The cause of the explosion has not yet been ascertained. There were 285 people underground at the time of the emergency, most of them were brought to the surface.

On November 25, the Russian media reported that 11 people died while more than 30 people remained in the mine.

The regional authorities reported that 13 people are treated on an outpatient basis, 38 are still in hospitals and 11 hospitalized people are rescuers.

The regional police office initiated an investigation into the accident. The police have already detained the 47-year-old director of the mine, his 59-year-old first deputy, and 36-year-old section manager.