MOSCOW: Sixteen miners were killed and another two were feared dead today when a methane explosion tore through a coal mine in the remote Russian Far North within the Arctic Circle, the latest disaster to hit the country’s accident-prone mining industry.
Two miners were still missing and feared dead after the explosion at the Vorkutinskaya mine controlled by Russian steel-making giant Severstal in the Komi region town of Vorkuta, the emergencies ministry said.
One of the rescued miners was in extremely grave condition, health officials said separately.
A total of 259 miners were working underground at the time, with 23 in the shaft where the explosion took place at the depth of 800 metres.
Five of the group in the shaft were rescued — two received treatment at the scene and three were hospitalised — with the rest either missing or dead.