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Rescue operation at Kuzbass mine suspended

January 20, 2013, 8:06 UTC+3

Sixty-nine miners have been evacuated to the surface

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KEMEROVO, January 20 (Itar-Tass) - A rescue operation at the Kuzbass mine No.7 has been suspended for fear of an explosion that can be caused by high methane concentration in the mine.

A smoke spread occurred in the mine at around 02:15 Moscow time on Sunday. There 77 miners working underground when the smoke appeared. 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.

A regional emergency center has been set up.

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