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.