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51 people presumed dead in coal mine accident


Russian authoritie­s on Friday released the names of 51 people presumed dead after a devastatin­g methane explosion in a coal mine in Siberia, believed to be the deadliest since 2010.

Authoritie­s had initially reported 52 possible fatalities, but search teams on Friday found a survivor in what officials described as a “miracle.”

A total of 285 miners were in the Listvyazhn­aya mine at the time of explosion on Thursday morning that quickly filled the mine with toxic smoke. A total 239 people were rescued shortly after the blast, and more than 60 sought medical assistance for an assortment of injuries.

Officials on Thursday confirmed 14 fatalities — 11 miners and three rescuers who perished while searching for others trapped in a remote section of the mine. Rescuers were forced to halt several hours into their search because of a buildup of methane and carbon monoxide gas.

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