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Blast rocks coalmine in gunfire in war-torn eastern Ukraine

November 13, 2014, 17:19 UTC+3 LUGANSK
The explosion has destroyed an electric power sub-station, disrupted power supply at the coalmine and triggered flooding of the coalmine
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LUHANSK, November 13. /TASS/. A blast has rocked coalmine Pervomaiskaya in the gunfire in war-torn east Ukraine’s Luhansk region, trapping six miners underground on Thursday, the press service of Ukrainian Energy Ministry reported.

The explosion has destroyed an electric power sub-station, disrupted power supply at the coalmine and triggered flooding of the coalmine, the press service said.

Necessary measures are being taken to evacuate miners, the ministry’s press service said.

Damages caused to infrastructure of war-ravaged cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in the gunfire and bombings are estimated at $440 million, the UN Office for the Coordination of

Humanitarian Affairs said earlier in a report, noting that at least 1,969 facilities, including 659 public buildings, 1,230 private residential houses and 178 offices were damaged in the conflict.

More than 70% of enterprises were shut down in Donetsk and restoration of their operation will be quite difficult, particularly several coalmines were flooded and now need repair, the report said.

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