Russia says 55 miners trapped underground are dead

The dead body of a miner killed in an underground cave-in at a gold mine in Krasnoyarsk is carried on a metal stretcher by emergency rescue personnel during an operation in the village of Phygrzuginsk, Upper Svir region, Russia. (Dmitry Kiselyov/RIA Novosti via AP)

Nearly 55 miners are dead after a cave-in at a gold mine in Russia’s Urals region, Russian officials said on Monday. The workers were trapped in the mine by the collapse on Sunday. Rescuers said no-one had survived, although 16 had been rescued. The death toll is believed to be among the highest in Russia in recent memory.

The mishap occurred at the Tomskski mine, one of the largest in Russia, controlled by the state-run Rosneft oil company. The company said it received the first report of the cave-in at 5:43 p.m. local time on Sunday.

The cause of the accident is still unclear, but Komsomolskaya Pravda said a blockage in the mine’s water pipe was the likely cause. Rosneft said that it would launch an investigation into the incident.

According to BBC reports, at least 82 miners have died in similar incidents since the Russian government created an industry-wide safety code in 2015.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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