Four dead in Russian coal mine accident

Moscow, Jan 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least four miners died early Sunday due to smoke inhalation at a coal mine in Siberia's Kemerovo region, authorities said.

The accident occurred when 77 miners were working underground at the mine No. 7 in the Prokopyevsky district and the smoke started spreading though the tunnels at around 02.15 a.m. Sixty-nine people were successfully evacuated.

Kemerovo is part of Russia's major coal-producing Kuzbass region. Aman Tuleyev, the region's governor, was personally leading the rescue effort.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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