Deaths in Polish mine explosion

At least 12 coal miners killed in methane gas blast in country's south.

    It is not yet known exactly what caused the blast at the Wujek-Slask coal mine [Reuters]

    "We have halted production, though miners are still working in other safe parts of the mine," he told Polish TV.

    Serious burns

    He said around 40 miners were underground when the blast occured. About 29 escaped to the surface while the rest were evacuated by rescue workers.

    But Bielecki warned the death toll could climb as several miners sustained serious burns.

    Tomasz Zawadzki, a miner who was 650 metres below ground when the accident occured, told Polish television: "We've lost our colleagues, but this is our reality.

    "That's how it is - we will have to come back to work in coming days."

    Grzegorz Schetyna, Poland's interior minister, travelled to the area on Friday to meet families of the victims.

    The blast is Polan's most serious mining accident since a methane gas explosion killed 23 miners at the Halemba mine in November 2006.

    In June 2008, five miners were killed in a similar explosion in a shaft 900 metres underground near the town of Jastrzebie Zdroj.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.