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At least 52 people have died in a Russian mining accident at a mine in Siberia, Russian news agencies reported Thursday.

Some 49 other people were also injured in the incident, apparently involving an explosion followed by fire.

The Emergency Ministry said 237 miners were brought to the surface of the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kuznetsk basin.

Russian state news agency Tass quoted an anonymous emergency official as saying the coal dust caught fire, causing smoke to fill the mine through the ventilation system.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin had expressed his condolences to the families of those killed and hoped those still missing could be saved, according to Interfax.

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Rescuers die in search of minors

Later Thursday, six rescuers died when they ran out of oxygen as they attempted to retrieve those who were still stuck in the mine.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the mine, but later called back due to the threat of further explosions. One team did not respond, the press service of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said.

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Three bodies were later recovered, sources telling Interfax their tanks were running out of oxygen.

The personnel of the Ministry of Emergencies are looking for the missing

Hopes fade for those who are trapped

Meanwhile, fears for the missing miners are growing as their self-rescue units will now run out of oxygen.

“The missing miners could have run out of oxygen at lunchtime. Self-rescue systems are designed for six hours, with non-intensive use a little longer. However, more than 12 hours have passed since the accident. still no communication with them, “a source told Interfax. They also noted that no vacuum with breathable air had yet been discovered in the rescue efforts.

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Further rescue attempts were postponed until Friday due to a build-up of methane.

A criminal case has been opened.

The Russian mining industry witnesses accidents quite regularly, mainly due to poor safety standards and aging equipment.

An accident in 2010 at Russia’s largest coal mine, the Raspadskaya mine in Siberia, left 91 dead and more than 100 injured.

aw, tj / msh (UKTN, Interfax, UKTN)

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