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Coal mine death toll rises to 52

The death toll from a Siberian coal mine disaster at the weekend rose to 52 yesterday and dozens of workers were still missing, emergency officials said.

As hopes faded for those trapped underground after Russia's worst mine accident in three years, Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin said: “We need to know what led to such a large number of casualties.”

Over 350 miners were underground when a blast hit the mine in Mezhdurechensk, about 3,000km east of Moscow.

Belfast Telegraph