Diamond mine flooded, 16 missing

  • 05/08/2017
A diamond mine conveyer belt.
A diamond mine conveyer belt. Photo credit: Getty

Rescue teams are searching for 16 workers missing in a Russian diamond mine after the pit flooded, mine owner Alrosa says.

A total of 102 miners have been brought to the surface and another 33 miners have been found in the mine in Yakutia in eastern Siberia and are being moved, it said on Friday.

There were 151 workers underground when the accident happened.

No casualties have been reported and there was no word from the Alrosa on the chances the 16 missing miners could be rescued.

The water flooded into the mine shaft from an open-cut mine above it.

State-controlled Alrosa is the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms.