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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The shocking incident took place after smoke filled a Siberian coal mine and, the rescue effort ended in tragedy
  • Nearly, 52 people, including miners and six rescuers are said to be dead
  • Russia’s Investigative Committee said three people had been detained including the 47-year-old director of the mine and his 59-year-old first deputy

On Thursday, in an unfortunate incident, over 50 individuals have been killed in a Siberian coal mine. The shocking incident took place after smoke filled a Siberian coal mine and, the rescue effort ended in tragedy. Due to the tragic accident, senior managers at the mine in Russia’s Kemerovo region have been detained for suspected safety violations.

In the early hours of Thursday, the Listvyazhnaya mine, near the town of Belovo in the Kemerovo mining region filled with smoke. Quite a few managed to escape but the majority got stuck. Sources claimed that nearly 52 people, including miners and six rescuers, are said to be dead. Officials talking to the media informed that no one is left alive in the mine.

As the horrifying incident took place, a search and rescue operation was initiated but was called off several hours later after officials warned of the threat of an explosion. Reportedly, the rescuers were running short of oxygen, and six were found dead.

According to the investigation, it is not yet clear what exactly caused the accident. However, a few argued that dust in a ventilation shaft caught fire, causing the mine to fill with smoke. Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal probe and said three people had been detained including the 47-year-old director of the mine and his 59-year-old first deputy.

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