At least 14 people, including miners and rescue workers, were killed and more than 40 injured when a fire broke out in a coal mine belonging to the Kuzbass coalfield in Siberia, Russia.
About 30 miners and some rescuers are still missing in the mines.
The fire started around 8:50 a.m. local time on the 25th, in a ventilation passage 250 meters underground in the ‘Listvajnaya’ coal mine in Belovo, Siberia, southwestern Russia.
It is known that smoke from the coal powder ignited spread throughout the coal mine along the mine ventilation passage.
The state government of Kemerovo said that “285 miners were working in the mine at the time of the accident. Of these, 239 were evacuated and 46 were trapped. Ten were found dead.”
It is estimated that some of the miners who failed to evacuate died from asphyxiation with poisonous gas.
TAS news agency reported that 11 miners have died, including one who died after being rescued and taken to hospital.
Among the evacuated miners, 49 were injured from poisoning, 38 of whom were hospitalized and 4 in critical condition.
About 30 people are locked in the mines without contact.
Three members of the rescue team who went into the tunnel to rescue them were also found dead.
The rescue team lost contact with the rescue team after the decision was made to suspend the operation as the risk of explosion increased due to the increase in the concentration of methane gas in the tunnel during the rescue operation for about 15 hours.
Some rescuers whose bodies have not been identified are still believed to be in the tunnel.