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Putin visits site of Siberian mine disaster

Putin visits site of Siberian mine disaster
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Families of the victims in last weekend’s Siberian coal mine disaster have begun burying their dead.
The number of people killed in the twin gas explosions at the Raspadskaya pit has risen to over 60 with dozens still missing.

Although many managed to escape the first blast, a second trapped others including rescue workers.
Time is running out for those still thought below ground as anti-flooding systems have failed.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has visited the damaged site, announcing a thorough investigation into the causes of the accident.
“We need to know what led to such a high death toll, to such a large-scale tragedy,” Putin said.

The coal mine is one of Russia’s biggest and the large number of workers it employs along with secondary businesses depending on the pit, makes for a tight-knit community. Many will have been touched by the tragedy.

Mine explosions and other industrial accidents have prompted repeated calls for improvement to an ageing infrastructure and better safety regulations.