Coal mud caught fireplace in a air flow shaft in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snowbound Kemerovo area, filling the mine with smoke, the TASS news company cited native emergency providers as saying.
Eleven folks have been discovered useless, Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev mentioned, and 46 have been nonetheless underground. Dozens of others have been being handled in hospital, at least a few of them with smoke poisoning. Four have been in important situation.
Rescue staff and ambulances might be seen arriving on the mine’s compound in video footage, with police huddled exterior because it snowed in the area roughly 3,500 km (2,175 miles) east of Moscow.
Some 285 folks have been contained in the mine when smoke unfold by the air flow shaft, the emergency ministry mentioned. At least 239 made it above floor, authorities mentioned. They didn’t say what had brought on the smoke.
Tsivilev mentioned there was now not heavy smoke in the mine, the place there was nonetheless electrical energy and air flow, however that contact had been misplaced with some folks deep underground.
“For now there is no heavy smoke, so we hope that there is no fire,” Tsivilev mentioned in video feedback shared on his Telegram channel. “We have no communication lines with these people, the underground communications system is not working.”
The regional department of Russia’s Investigative Committee mentioned it had opened a felony case into negligence that had brought on deaths.
“According to preliminary data, a number of workers suffered from smoke poisoning. The number of victims is being specified,” it mentioned in an earlier assertion.
The mine is a part of SDS-Holding, owned by the privately held Siberian Business Union. The union had no instant remark.