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Russia: Death toll from Siberian mine explosion rises to 60 - dangerous rescue operations continue for 30 still missing

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12 May 2010

60 dead in Russian mine blast, 30 missing

Author: Sergey Ponomarev, Associated Press

Thirty Siberian coal miners are buried so deep in Russia's largest underground coal mine that rescuers use up most of their oxygen tanks trying to reach them and can't spend much time searching for the missing men, the regional governor said Tuesday...The death toll from the two explosions that hit the mine in the Siberian region of Kemerovo rose to 60 after rescuers found eight more bodies...Both the explosions are being blamed on methane...Mine explosions and other industrial accidents are common in Russia and other former Soviet republics, and are often blamed on inadequate implementation of safety precautions by companies or by workers themselves.

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10 May 2010

Death Toll Rises To 32 In Russian Mine Disaster

Author: Radio Free Europe

Rescue efforts are continuing at a Siberian coal mine [operated by Raspadskaya coal company] where twin explosions this weekend killed at least 32 people and injured dozens more…Some 60 people are believed to be still trapped in the mine, where rescue efforts have been hindered by dangerously high levels of flammable gas...Raspadskaya officials insisted today that methane levels in the mine prior to the first explosion were normal…Vladimir Goryachkin, the mine's deputy director, also defended the mine's ventilation system, saying it was German-made and had been in operation only 10 months…The Raspadskaya coal company, which is partly owned by steel maker Evraz, has already pledged millions of rubles in compensation to victims' families…

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