Operations continue at mine in Yakutia despite accident

Operations were not suspended at the site of the development of Vostochnoye orebody of Udachninsky mine belonging to ALROSA, the Russian diamond mining giant, despite an accident, head of the Lensk department of Rostekhnadzor technical inspectorate Sergei Aksyonenko told Interfax. He said that a commission is working at the scene looking into the details of the accident.

He refused to comment on the details adding that the commission is checking all the possible explanations and that the cause for the accident will be disclosed only after the commission comes up with official conclusions.

Earlier reports said that two people died in the Sunday mine accident. The accident occurred at the depth of 365 meters. There were 17 people in the accident zone, 12 of whom returned to the surface. Four of them were taken to Udachninskoye town hospital with injuries. Doctors said three were in condition of medium gravity and one in critical condition. The five people remaining underground were retrieved by the Yakutian division of a paramilitary mining rescue team, two of them dead.

The Investigative Committee for Yakutia is conducting a preliminary probe.

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