In Siberia the search for survivors goes on as the number of dead in the Russian mine explosion has risen above 100. One man was brought up alive today but the bodies of more dead were also found. Other miners are still believed to be missing after the methane gas blast.
Thick smoke and cave-ins are hampering the rescue efforts nearly 300 metres down. The irony is that this was one of the most modern mines in the region, only built in 2002, and the management was in the process of putting in the latest safety equipment.
At the time of the blast senior management officials were underground, along with a British advisor, testing the equipment. It has been a dark few days for Russia. This is the worst mining disaster in the country for more than a decade. President Putin is demanding a full investigation. Russia’s Emergencies Minister, Sergei Shoigu, is already on-site.