V Mine “Listvyazhnaya”located in Belovo, Kemerovo region, there were at least two methane explosions.
According to preliminary information, the first killed the miners, the second – the rescuers, reports RIA News with reference to emergency personnel.
Smoke in the mine began on the morning of 25 November. At that moment, there were 285 workers underground. Most of them were able to get out on their own, and the EMERCOM employees were sent for the rest. After a while, the operation was stopped due to the threat of an explosion.
- As a result of the emergency, 52 people died, including 46 miners and six rescuers. There are 49 people in medical institutions of the Kemerovo region.
The preliminary cause of the incident was a methane explosion. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on the fact of violation of industrial safety. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation will monitor the progress of the investigation.
Governor of Kuzbass Sergey Tsivilev declared three days of mourning in the region.