Three miners killed by firedamp in Siberia

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Moscow | Three workers were killed on Friday by a firedamp at a coal mine in the Kemerovo region of southern Siberia, local authorities said.

“On January 22 at around 1:30 am, three people found themselves under the rubble following a sudden release of gas,” the regional prosecutor’s office said in a statement, which opened an investigation.

A total of 44 workers were underground at the time of this methane explosion. The Regional Investigation Committee later told Russian news agencies that “the bodies of the three (missing) have been brought up” to the surface.

Accidents in mines in Russia, as elsewhere in the former USSR, are frequent, often caused by dilapidated infrastructure and violation of safety regulations. The mine where the explosion took place, located in the city of Leninsk-Kuznetsky, has only been in operation since 2017.

The deadliest accident in recent years killed 91 people, including 18 minors whose bodies have never been found, in a mine in the Kemerovo region in May 2010.

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