At least 11 died and dozens more were trapped after an accident inside the Listvyazhnaya mine while rescue operations have been suspended due to a threat of an explosion.
Local Governor Sergei Tsivilev said on Telegram that there were 285 people inside the Listvyazhnaya mine, in the Kemerovo region near the town of Belovo, at a time when the accident occurred.
Tsivilev added that many people were able to evacuate, but at least 11 died and 46 people were still underground.
Tsivilev said in a video on Telegram that there was “no communication” with the people underground.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a press briefing told reporters that President Vladimir Putin had expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased.
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