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Monday, January 17, 2022

Siberian coal-mine: Five mining executives, inspectors in jail after a fatal blast

Key takeaways: 

  • Accused with infringing safety measures following 51 people killed, dozens wounded.
  •  Almost 50 people died there as a consequence of a blast inside the mine on Thursday.

Siberian Coal Mine blasts result in deaths and injuries: 

A court in Siberia on Saturday remanded five people in jail for 60 days to face charges linked to a mining mishap that killed almost 50 people this week.

Three managers of the Listvyazhnaya coal mine, including its director, were directed to be in custody till late January on the accusation of mocking industrial safety measures, a spokesperson for the provincial prosecutor’s office stated.

The court also directed two safety inspectors, who had announced a certificate for the mine this month but had not inspected the facility, to stay in custody until late January.

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Thursday’s happening, which provincial authorities state was possibly prompted by a methane blast, claimed the lives of 51 people, including five rescuers who were sent to fetch out dozens of men held deep underground.

The Health Ministry stated on Saturday that 60 people were being operated on in the hospital for wounds sustained at the mine, TASS news company reported.

People place flowers on Saturday at the Alley of Miners’ Glory to pay an offer to the miners and rescuers killed at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine.

The disaster at the mine, at some 3,500 kilometres east of Moscow in the Kemerovo area, was Russia’s most dangerous since 2010 when blasts killed 91 people at the Raspadskaya coal mine in a similar area.

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