Mine accident reported in Russia, two miners missing

16:00, May 19, 2010      

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Two miners were missing after an accident in the Aleskeyevskaya coal mine in Russia's Siberian region on Wednesday, a source from local emergency ministry told RIA Novosti news agency.

There were 31 miners working in the mine when the accident happened, while 29 of them have been rescued, the source said.

According to the report, the accident happened at 8:12 a.m. Moscow time in Kemerovo region, where two blasts in another large coal mine had claimed at least 66 lives ten days ago.

The cause was land surface collapse, a representative of Russia's Ministry for Affairs of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief told Itar-Tass news agency.

"There were no methane explosions, the situation with gas is normal...land surface of four meters long has collapsed. Two miners are missing, the rescue team is searching for them," the source said.

Source: Xinhua


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