Death toll in west Siberian mine blasts hits 60

17:14, May 12, 2010      

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Eight more bodies found overnight at the Raspadskaya coal mine in Russia's west Siberian region of Kemerovo has brought the overall death toll up to 60 people, local media reported on Wednesday.

"The number of the dead from the mine blasts has grown to 60. Rescuers discovered eight more bodies underground on Wednesday morning," an official from the rescue center was quoted as saying by news agencies.

To date, 30 people remained unaccounted for, said the official. The chance for finding any survivors after four days since the blasts was dimmed.

More than 90 others were injured in the double blasts over the weekend near the city of Mezhdurechensk.

Currently, nine rescue teams were trying to reach the locations where the missing miners were working when the first explosion occurred at Saturday night.

Founded in 1973, Raspadskaya was one of Russia's leading coking coal producers, with total coal reserves estimated at 782 million tons.

Source: Xinhua


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