Russian coal mine blast ‘kills nine’

At least nine miners have been killed in a blast at a Russian coal mine, Russia’s Emergency Ministry said today. Media reports suggest the death toll has risen to 10 […]

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By Vicky Ellis

At least nine miners have been killed in a blast at a Russian coal mine, Russia’s Emergency Ministry said today.

Media reports suggest the death toll has risen to 10 at the Vorkutinskaya mine (pictured) near the city of Vorkuta, in northern Russia’s Komi region.

Methane gas is believed to have exploded at the mine owned by steel giant Severstal earlier this morning, falling on a team of workers.

There were 259 people in the mine at the time of the blast and the Russian ministry said 250 miners were rescued, however conflicting reports suggest 242 escaped, with several still trapped underground.

A 40-strong paramilitary mine rescue unit and emergency teams are working at the scene, according to the ministry’s latest statement.