First published at 14:10
- At Least 12 Miners Killed, 20 Injured in South Ecuador
- Four Dead in Russian Coal Mine Accident
- One Killed in Siberian Mine Rock Fall
- Bodies of Two Miners Pulled after Ukraine Coalmine Blast
MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) – The death toll in the gas blast at a coal mine in Russia’s northern republic of Komi has risen to 18, the republic’s Interior Ministry said on Monday.
“According to preliminary data, 18 people were killed and ten bodies have been pulled out to the surface,” the ministry said in a statement.
However, the Russian Investigative Committee puts the death toll figure at 15.
According to the regional Emergencies Ministry, twenty-six miners were working in the section of the mine where methane exploded at a depth of 800 meters. In total some 259 people were working at the mine at that time.
The Vorkutinskaya mine, in operation since 1973, is owned by the northern division of one of Russia's largest steel producers Severstal. It produces 1.8 million tons of coal annually.
Mine safety conditions in Russia have often been a cause for concern. In 2010, 91 workers died in twin methane gas explosions at a mine owned by the Raspadskaya company in the country's eastern Kemerovo region.
(Updates death toll)
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: North Pole: Living on the Top of the World
Infographics: Powerful Ship-Borne Laser System
Cartoons: Polar Explorer Day
The current contract portfolio of Russian arms exporters is worth about $46 billion. Annual exports total $15 billion, and this will ensure uninterrupted deliveries for the next three years, even in the worst-case scenario. The list of the main buyers of Russian weapons is unlikely to change drastically.