15 February 2013, 13:17

Russia's Vorkuta coal mine explosion: death toll reaches 19

Russia's Vorkuta coal mine explosion: death toll reaches 19

The death toll from the recent methane explosion at the Vorkutinskaya coal mine in the Russian Far North has reached 19, after another miner died in a Vorkuta hospital on Friday.

A miner, Gennady Nesterenko, died of severe burns he sustained during the explosion, the hospital staff said.

A total of 259 miners were working underground at the time of the blast, which occurred on February 11.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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