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Four bodies found from Russia's May mine blasts

10-03-2010 08:17 BJT

MOSCOW, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The bodies of four dead miners have been found and were brought back to surface on Saturday at Russia's West Siberian Raspadskaya coal mine, news agencies reported.

The bodies were found at the seventh stratum of the mine at around 67 meters below the surface.

Two methane blasts rocked Russia's largest coal mine near the town of Mezhdurechensk in Kemerovo region on May 9. Saturday's finding lifted the death toll to 71, with another 19 miners still unaccounted for.

The rescue and recovery efforts have been stalled by fires and high concentrations of methane gas, but local authorities have vowed to continue the search operation until the last miner's body is retrieved.

The Raspadskaya accident is believed to have been caused by poor observation of safety regulations. Yet so far no official confirmation on the actual cause of the explosions has been made.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin demanded in June a speedy completion of investigations into the blasts.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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