26 April 2019, 10:36


Skhidkarbon mine collapse: degassing and debris removal ongoing, Russian team arrives (PHOTOS)

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LUGANSK, April 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Search-and-rescue operation in the collapsed Skhidkarbon coal mine is impeded by the debris caused by methane explosion and cave-in that followed.

Russian rescue teams have reached the accident site this morning delivering equipment for degassing and search for missing miners, the head of the paramilitary mine rescue teams control center of the LPR Ministry of Emergencies Andrey Grishin said.

"Russian rescuers from the town of Shakhty have arrived. They have brought special equipment to speed up degassing and search for missing people. Currently the debris removal phase is ongoing."

Methane explosion hit the Skhidkarbon mine located in Yuriyevka, Lutugino district, on Thursday morning. During the day, details were scarce on the exact sequence of events and the scale of the accident.

Preliminary reports said that 17 people went missing in the mine collapse. As of Friday morning, three bodies have been retrieved, the fate of 14 people remains unknown as rescuers are striving to reach certain areas of the mine.

"A lot of time elapsed. There was a strong shock wave," Deputy Commander of the Russian rescue team Pavel Bek said.

LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik has taken the situation under personal control and went to the scene of the incident.

The Skhidkarbon mine, the only coal mine in the Lutugino district, is located in the township of Yuriyevka. It was halted during the Ukrainian aggression against Donbass and was relaunched in January 2018. Its 2018 production amounted to 29,868 tons. It ships coal to the Alchevsk Steel and to Makeyevka and Enakievo steel companies in the DPR.

LuganskMediaCentre — 26 April — Lugansk