Body of missing miner found after Siberian coal mine blasts

09:31, May 24, 2010      

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The body of one out of 24 missing miners has been found on Sunday after double blasts hit Russia's Siberian coal mine of Raspadskaya earlier this month, said a spokesman for regional emergency ministry.

The body found thus rendered the overall death toll of the double blasts up to 67. To date the other 23 miners remained missing, news agencies reported.

Ex-owner of the coal mine Igor Volkov, who resigned following sharp criticism from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, was officially charged with violating safety rules by a special investigations committee.

Two explosions hit Russia's largest coal mine in the Siberian city of Mezhdurechensk on the night of May 8-9.

So far rescue operation has been halted, due to possible further explosions that could be caused by a high concentrations of methane in the mine.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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