It is just too dangerous to continue rescue attempts at the Raspadskaia mine disaster, which has already cost at least 11 lives.
Methane exploded twice in hours in Russia’s biggest coal mine, trapping some 60 workers and then a group of 20 rescue workers who went in after them.
Some 370 miners had been working underground when disaster first struck during the night.
The governor of Kemerovo province took the decision to suspend rescue efforts until the methane has dispersed, and ventilators damaged in the explosions repaired. Otherwise he said he “would be sending people to their deaths.”
Over 40 miners have also been injured.