- Sputnik International
The latest news and stories from Russia. Stay tuned for updates and breaking news on defense, politics, economy and more.

Natural resources service to inspect coal, gold mining enterprises

MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's natural resources watchdog will hold an urgent inspection of a number of coal and gold mining enterprises in three Russian regions, the Natural Resources Ministry said Friday.

At least 11 miners were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday at a goldmine in the Chita Region, and it is still unclear whether the 20 people who remain underground are alive. Thirty-one miners were evacuated.

The Federal Service for the Oversight of Natural Resources will also inspect the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Kemerovo Region.

A preliminary investigation showed that the fire was likely to have been caused by a failure to observe fire safety regulations during welding work. Criminal proceedings were launched.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала