Ukraine mine blast toll rises to 24

July 31st, 2011 - 1:27 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The toll in the Sukhodilska-Vostochnaya mine blast in Ukraine’s Luhansk region has reached 24, the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry said Saturday.

“As of 8.30 p.m. July 30, 24 people have died, two have been injured, and two other miners are still missing,” the ministry said.

The blast occurred at the Sukhodilska-Vostochnaya Mine operated by Metinvest, Ukraine’s largest steel producer, Friday at 1:57 a.m. local time. The mine’s overall staff amounted to 28 miners.

In 2007, more than 100 miners died in a blast at a mine near Donetsk, in the east of the former Soviet republic.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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