9 killed, 8 missing in Russian mine blast
Monday 11 Feb 2013 10:40 p.m.
A general view of the Vorkutinskaya mine in Russia's northern Komi region is seen in this undated file photo provided by Russia's Emergency Ministry (Russia)
A blast at a coal mine in northern Russia on Monday has left nine people dead while eight others are missing, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said.
The rescue teams are searching for the missing men at the Vorkutinskaya mine in the Komi region, the ministry said in a statement. The blast occurred in the mining area because of a build-up of methane, emergency ministry officials said.
Pyotr Lomakov, a local spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry in the region, told the Rossiya 24 television channel that 23 men were in the mine at the time of the blast. Four of them were able to get out of the mine on their own while two were rescued.
Deadly accidents at coal mines are frequent in Russia because of negligence and lax safety regulations.