Methane explosion at Siberian mine kills three people

Methane explosion at Siberian mine kills three people

A methane explosion at a diamond mine in Russia’s remote Siberian region of Yakutia has killed three miners and injured two others, regional authorities said Monday.

The accident occurred at the Udachny (“Lucky”) mine owned by Russia’s state-owned diamond giant Alrosa.

The site is one of the deepest open-pit mines in the world and is located in the remote industrial city of Mirny, one of the coldest regions on earth.

“This evening there was a methane explosion at the Udachny mine,” regional governor Aysen Nikolayev said on Telegram.

“Five people were affected as a result of the explosion. Unfortunately, three of them died,” he said.

Nikolayev said the other two people were hospitalized and a medical team was sent to the remote town from the regional capital Yakutsk.

He also ordered “serious efforts to strengthen occupational safety measures in enterprises of the republic”, he said.

Alrosa said he would help the families of the miners who died.

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families and next of kin of the deceased. Their families will be provided with material support,” said Pavel Marinichev, general director of Alrosa.

The Soviet-era Udachny mine is approximately 630 meters deep.

Accidents in Russian mines and factories are relatively common, and safety measures are often lax.


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