At least 52 killed in Russia coal mine fire


November 26, 2021


At least 52 killed in Russia coal mine fire

Specialists take part in a rescue operation following a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, Russia. (Photo: Reuters)

MOSCOW: At least 52 people have been killed in Russia’s worst mining disaster in a decade.

The incident occurred when coal dust in a ventilation shaft caught fire on Thursday.

By nightfall, a failed operation to reach dozens of missing miners had turned to tragedy after several rescuers reportedly suffocated.

“No one is left alive”, according to an emergency services source.

The majority of the 285 people in the Listvyazhnaya mine, in the Kemerovo region some 3,500km east of Moscow, manged to escape in the immediate aftermath of the incident, at around 08:35 local time on Thursday.

(With inputs from BBC)