Coal mud caught hearth in a air flow shaft within the Listvyazhnaya mine within the snowbound Kemerovo area, filling the mine with smoke, the TASS information company cited native emergency providers as saying.
“The chance of an explosion is very high. We’ve decided to suspend the search and rescue operation until the concentration of gas reduces,” Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev stated. Methane and CO2 ranges have been dangerously excessive, he stated.
Eleven individuals have been discovered lifeless, Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev stated, 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 essential situation.
The coal trade area of Kemerovo roughly 3,500 km (2,175 miles) east of Moscow has been hit by deadly accidents for years.
Before the rescue operation was halted, the governor stated there was nonetheless electrical energy and air flow within the mine, however that that they had misplaced contact with some individuals deep underground.
“For now there is no heavy smoke, so we hope that there is no fire,” Tsivilev stated on his Telegram channel. “We have no communication lines with these people, the underground communications system is not working.”
Some 285 individuals have been contained in the mine when smoke unfold by the air flow shaft, the emergency ministry stated. At least 239 made it above floor, authorities stated. They didn’t say what had brought about the smoke.
On state tv, President Vladimir Putin stated he had spoken with the governor and emergency officers, describing the accident as a “great misfortune.”
“Unfortunately the situation is not getting easier. And there’s a danger to the lives of the rescuers… We’ll hope they can save as many people as they can,” he stated.
The Kremlin stated Putin had ordered the emergencies minister to fly to the area to assist.
Kemerovo declared a three-day interval of mourning.
In 2007, Kemerovo was the positioning of the worst mining accident for the reason that 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union when an explosion at the Ulyanovskaya mine claimed the lives of greater than 100 individuals.
In 2010, explosions at the area’s Raspadskaya mine killed greater than 90 individuals.
The Investigative Committee regulation enforcement company’s regional department stated it had opened a legal case into negligence inflicting lack of life.