Russia: Rescue op underway after flooding at diamond mine, 16 miners missing

More than 130 miners were evacuated following flooding at the pumping station of Alrosa's Mir diamond mine, in the Yakutian town of Mirni, Friday. Some 16 miners are said to be missing. According to Alrosa, the flooding took place at 16:30 local time (14:30 GMT). As many as 151 people were reportedly in the mine at the time of the incident. Yakutia authorities have reportedly launched an... Еще investigation into the incident. It is alleged that a sapped pit filled with some 300,000 cubic metres of water could have caused the flooding in the mine. Some 85 people are involved in the rescue operation, including 56 mine-rescuers. The Mir diamond mine, which was launched in 2009, is operated by Alrosa's oldest enterprise, Mirninski mining and refining facility.

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