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Kuzbass’ authorities, mine owners to undertake burial expenses

January 20, 2013, 14:45 UTC+3

Four miners are reportedly dead and another four are missing

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KEMEROVO, January 20 (Itar-Tass) – The expenses to bury miners, who died during the accident at mine 7 in Prokopyevsk district of the Kemerovo region, will be undertaken by local authorities and owners of the enterprises, press service of the local administration said on Sunday.

“We shall advise on the date of funerals later on. The regional administration and owners of the enterprise will undertake all the expenses,” the press service said.

Earlier, the regional administration said families of miners, who died in the accident at mine 7 in the Kemerovo region, would receive three million roubles in aid. A source at the administration explained, the families would receive two million roubles in compliance with the agreement between the regional authorities and the company, and another one million roubles “for additional expenses.”

Seventy-seven people were working underground when smoke started spreading in the mine at 02:15 Moscow time. Criminal proceedings have been initiated on charges of violation of safety rules at explosion-prone facilities. Sixty-nine miners have been evacuated to the surface. Four miners are reportedly dead and another four are missing, the regional branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass. The regional administration confirmed the preliminary information about explosion of methane, which caused the smoke afterwards.

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