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World: Dozens of miners trapped, 11 killed after Siberian coal mine fire

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  Dozens of miners trapped, 11 killed after Siberian coal mine fire © Provided by Washington Examiner In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 photo, rescuers prepare to work at a fire scene at a coal mine near the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia,. Russian authorities say a fire at a coal mine in Siberia has killed nine people and injured 44 others. Dozens of others are still trapped. A Russian news agency says the blaze took place in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP) AP © Provided by Washington Examiner In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 photo, rescuers prepare to work at a fire scene at a coal mine near the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia,. Russian authorities say a fire at a coal mine in Siberia has killed nine people and injured 44 others. Dozens of others are still trapped. A Russian news agency says the blaze took place in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP) AP

Dozens of miners are trapped after a fire at a coal mine in Siberia killed 11 and injured more than 40.

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The fire broke out in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia on Thursday after coal dust reportedly caught fire at the Listvyazhnaya mine.

Efforts to rescue those still trapped in the mine were paused on Thursday because of an explosion, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. About 35 miners remain trapped underground, according to Kemerovo Gov. Sergei Tsivilyov.

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A total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident. Tsivilyov said 49 people with injuries sought medical assistance.

Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a criminal investigation, and President Vladimir Putin extended his sympathies to the families of those killed.

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The latest inspection of the mine took place just a week ago on Nov. 19, according to Interfax, citing Rostekhnadzor, Russia's state technology and ecology watchdog. In April, the watchdog inspected the mine and registered 139 different violations, according to the state news agency Tass.

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The Nov. 19 report didn’t offer any details on the results of the inspection.

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Russia jails 5 people over coal mine disaster that killed 51 .
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Saturday ordered five people to remain in pre-trial detention for two months pending an investigation into a devastating blast in a coal mine in Siberia that resulted in dozens of deaths. Russian authorities reported 51 deaths after a methane explosion rocked the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia on Thursday — 46 miners and five rescuers. The tragedy appears to be the deadliest in Russia since 2010. The Central District Court in the city of Kemerovo ruled to jail the director of the Listvyazhnaya mine, Sergei Makhrakov, his deputy Andrei Molostvov and section supervisor Sergei Gerasimenok.

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