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Eighteen feared dead in Russian coal mine blast

Sixteen miners were killed and another two were feared dead Monday when a methane explosion tore through a coal mine in the remote Russian Far North within the Arctic Circle, the latest disaster to hit the country's accident-prone mining industry. Two miners were still missing and feared dead after the explosion at the Vorkutinskaya mine controlled by Russian steel-making giant Severstal in the Komi region town of Vorkuta, the emergencies ministry said. One of the rescued miners was "in extremely grave" condition, health officials said separately.

Sixteen killed in Russian coal mine blast

At least 16 miners were killed Monday when a methane explosion tore through a coal mine in the remote Russian Far North within the Arctic Circle, in the latest disaster to hit the country's mining industry. Two miners were still missing after the explosion at the Vorkutinskaya mine controlled by Russian steel-making giant Severstal in the Komi region town of Vorkuta, the emergencies ministry said in a statement. A total of 259 miners were working underground at the time, with 23 in the shaft where the explosion took place.

Ten killed in Russian coal mine blast

Ten miners were killed and seven missing Monday when a methane explosion tore through a coal mine in the remote Russian Far North town of Vorkuta within the Arctic Circle, the emergencies ministry said, the latest disaster to hit the country's mining industry. A total of 259 miners were working underground when the explosion occurred at the Vorkutinskaya mine in the Komi region controlled by Russian steel-making giant Severstal. Most of them have been evacuated but when the rescue workers arrived at the scene they found 10 bodies, the ministry said.
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