The Russian Emergencies Ministry announced that a group of rescuers had lost contact in a mine in Siberia, where at least 11 people were killed earlier in the day in a deadly fire.
The Ministry of Emergencies confirmed that contact with the missing rescuers was cut off at approximately three in the afternoon, noting that the search is currently underway for them, without disclosing their number.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Emergencies told “Novosti” agency that the missing rescuers were supposed to contact their colleagues on the surface of the ground after receiving a warning about the danger of an explosion inside the mine, but this did not happen.
Kemerovo provincial authorities confirmed that at least 11 people were killed, 49 others were injured, and 35 are still missing in the fire that broke out today inside the Listviaginnaya mine, at a depth of 250 meters below the surface of the earth. This fire is the biggest disaster in a Russian mine in the past five years.