Dozens killed in Russian coal mine accident in Siberia | ...

The death toll from an accident in a coal mine in Siberia today, Thursday, has risen to 52, the Russian TASS news agency quoted a source as saying on Thursday (November 25, 2021). Dozens were trapped underground when the mine filled with gas, and among the victims were at least three of the rescuers sent for relief. It is said that the explosion occurred at a depth of 250 metres.

The Russian authorities had announced earlier the killing of several people and three paramedics inside a coal mine in Siberia, in a new disaster in a sector that often witnesses similar accidents in Russia.

The governor of the Kemerovo region, where the mine is located, said 285 people were in the mine at the time of the accident, the causes of which were not immediately established. “Rescue operations at the Listvyinaya mine are continuing. 237 people have been rescued,” the Russian Ministry of Emergencies said on the Telegram platform.

The local authorities stated that they received an alert at 8:35 local time (1:35 GMT) that smoke had risen from the Listvyainaya mine in the city of Gramutino in the Kemerevo region, in which the mine is located.

Investigators said that “a number of workers were poisoned by smoke,” based on preliminary information. The Russian Minister for Emergencies announced that he would travel to Kemerevo on Thursday. According to the statement of the local authorities, 19 specialized rescue teams from the ministry are working to try to reach the deepest corridor in the mine, where the missing are likely to be. The local investigative committee announced that it had launched an investigation into a “violation of safety rules”.

Many similar accidents in the coal mining sector

Accidents in Russia’s mines are often related to lax enforcement, poor management, or outdated Soviet-era equipment. The largest mine accident in Russia in May 2010 killed 91 people and injured more than a hundred people at the Raspadskaya mine in the Kemerovo region, where there are many coal mines.

And in October 2019, the collapse of an illegal dam at a gold mine in Siberia killed 17 people. In the same month, three people died after an accident at the mine of the “Norilsk Nickel” group, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, in the Arctic.

In August 2017, eight miners disappeared after a flood at a diamond mine operated by the Alrosa group, which halted search operations three weeks after the start of relief operations.

Some of the incidents call attention to the practices of the Russian mining industry, where exploitation is often done at the expense of the environment. Some mine accidents in Russia highlight the practices of the Russian mining sector, where investments are made at the expense of the environment.

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  • A boy on a boat on Lake Partwitz (picture-alliance/dpa/P. Pleul)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    Before German unification, more than 65,000 miners worked in the coal mining sector in Lusatia. Thousands lost their jobs when the mines closed in the 1990s. To compensate, the region decided to boost its tourism sector. Now the nearly 37,000 hectares of land destroyed by mining has turned into what will become Europe’s largest lake.

  • The former coal mine in Senftenberg (imago/S. Hässler)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    Today this mine has turned into Lake Senftenberg, surrounded by sandy beaches and meadows. The former East German energy sector relied heavily on brown coal. After German reunification in 1990, dozens of coal mines were closed and the land had to be exploited.

  • Birds eye view of the Lusatian Lake District (Gemeinfrei)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    Lake Grossration and Lake Bartwitz are only two of the twenty-five lakes in the Lusatia region, which stretches across the borders of the states of Brandenburg and Saxony. To keep their levels constant, water from rivers flows into former mines. Without artificial flooding, it would take 80 to 100 years to naturally fill a hole with rainwater and groundwater.

  • Cornelia Wobar in her vineyard (picture-alliance/ZB/P. Pleul)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    Cornelia Faubar grows grapes on the lone slope in Brandenburg, above the former mine that is now known as Lake Grosserchen. The highly acidic soils of Brandenburg have excellent viticulture potential, say wine experts.

  • Lake Partwitz from the air (picture-alliance/dpa/P. Pleul)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    The glowing turquoise color of Bartowitz Lake comes from lime added to the water to neutralize the acidity. As a result, there is little plant and animal life, but the lake is safe for swimming. Lake Bartowitz was built on the ruins of a former mine in Gairiswalde, a village in Lower Lusatia that was completely flooded in 2015.

  • Lake Ostsee near Cottbus begins to flood (picture-alliance/dpa/P. Pleul)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    In early 2019, the energy group LEAG began pumping water into Lake Ostsee near Cottbus. In all, one million cubic meters of water must be added before the lake is open to the public. That should happen by 2025. But the company had to stop its first test immersion in 2018 after a very dry summer; The Spree River water levels were very low.

  • Machinery compressing the group of a future lake (picture-alliance/dpa/P.Pleul)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    Turning a former coal mine into a lake is not easy. First, the soil must be compacted to avoid landslide risks. Hence, vibrating pressure technology is used.

  • Site of the accident at the Concordia-See in Nachterstedt (picture-alliance/dpa/J. Wolf)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    Disaster can occur if proper precautions are not taken. On July 18, 2009, a massive landslide on the southern shore of Lake Concordia in central Germany caused the collapse of three homes, killing three people. Investigations found that high pressure in the aquifer, along with underwater bulk discharge materials, was the cause of the accident. The area is still under development.

  • An illustration of a proposed renewable energy lake (Greenpeace Energy eG)

    This is how coal mines turn into wonderful lakes

    Greenpeace Energy has another vision for former coal mines. In 2020, Greenpeace wants to purchase open-pit mines from the RWE group, close them by 2025 and build large-scale renewable power plants that will generate approximately a quarter of the energy currently produced by RWE in the Rhine Basin mining area. But so far RWE has not agreed to sell its land. Theresa Kringinger/ S.A

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