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Thirteen dead and up to 10 injured after methane explosion in Czech coal mine

The accident occurred at the CSM mine in the city of Karvina.

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THIRTEEN MINERS DIED and 10 were injured after a fire caused by burning methane erupted in a mine in the east of the Czech Republic, a spokesman said today. 

“In total we have 13 dead miners, 11 Polish and two Czech,” Ivo Celechovsky, spokesman for the OKD mining company, told AFP.

The accident occurred at the CSM mine in the city of Karvina, about 300 kilometres east of Prague, on Thursday afternoon.

“The blast at the CSM mine is a huge tragedy,” tweeted Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who will travel to the site on Friday morning along with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki.

Celechovsky said on Thursday the dead Polish miners were from the Poland-based Alpex mining company.

“We’re one big family, it’s a terrible tragedy,” a Czech miner told the local Polar TV.

Czech media said today the accident occurred at a depth of 880 metres and that the fire had not been put out yet.

OKD, which runs the mine, is controlled by the Czech state and expects to extract five million tonnes of coal this year.

 

© – AFP 2019

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