Iran coal mine explosion kills 35: state media

People gather at the site of an explosion in a coal mine in Golestan Province, in northern Iran. Tasnim News Agency/via REUTERS
People gather at the site of an explosion in a coal mine in Golestan Province, in northern Iran. Tasnim News Agency/via REUTERS

An explosion in a coal mine in northern Iran on Wednesday killed at least 35 workers and injured scores, state media reported.

The blast occurred at 12:45 p.m. local time (0815 GMT) in the Zemestanyurt mine when workers tried to jump-start a locomotive.

Ali Rabiei, minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare was quoted as saying by semi-official Tasnim news agency that 35 miners have died in the incident.

Iranian media said more than 30 of the injured were transferred to nearby hospitals.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported earlier that more than 50 workers were trapped in a two-kilometre-long tunnel filled with gas that hampered rescue efforts.

The mine has 500 workers and the explosion happened during a change of shift, Fars reported.

President Hassan Rouhani has sent Minister of Labour and Welfare to the mine in order to oversee the rescue operations and treatment of victims, state news agency IRNA reported.

Iran extracted 1.68 million tons of coal in 2016, an increase on previous years, thanks to an easing of international sanctions. It uses most in domestic steel production and exports only a fraction.

REUTERS

 

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    President
    of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hasan Rouhani, who visited the mine,
    where killed 26 miners, was attacked by their colleagues. The car with the head of state could hardly pass through a crowd of miners.

    Miners expressed outrage at unsatisfactory working conditions, stating that no one cares about their safety. They also complain about systematic salary delays.

    “The whole Iranian people mourn together with the families of those
    killed in the explosion at the mine.” We are all responsible for this
    tragedy, “Rouhani said, calling for toughening control over compliance
    with safety regulations.

    The mine continues search and rescue work, in which Labor Minister Ali Rabiah also took part. For this he descended to a depth of 1.400 meters.

    An explosion in the Zemestanurt coal mine, located in the province of
    Golestan in north-eastern Iran, occurred on May 3. Under the rubble still remain 9 miners. Authorities claim that the chances of finding them alive are negligible