Death toll in Kazakhstan mine explosion rises to 32-UPDATED-3

Death toll in Kazakhstan mine explosion rises to 32-UPDATED-3
# 28 October 2023 15:40 (UTC +04:00)

The death toll from a fire at a mine owned by ArcelorMittal in Kazakhstan rose to 32 people on Saturday, with searches underway for 14 miners still missing, the country's emergency services said, APA reports citing AFP.

"At the Kostyenko mine as of 4 pm (1000 GMT) the bodies of 32 people have been found," the emergency situations ministry said in a statement. "The search for 14 miners is continuing."

*** 13:45

The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan said the death toll in the Kostenko mine in Karaganda region has reached 28, while search for 18 others are underway, APA reports.

*** 09:58

The number of killed in a mine explosion in Kazakhstan has reached 20, APA reports.

*** 08:35

The number of casualties from the mining accident in the Karaganda province of Kazakhstan has reached 16, ArcelorMittal Temirtau Company announced, APA reports.

The exact number of injured individuals is being determined.

Preliminary indications suggest that the accident was caused by a methane gas explosion.

"ArcelorMittal Temirtau" company reports that there were 252 people in the mine at the time of the accident, of which 205 have been brought to the surface. Rescuers are working at the scene.