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building rescueThe death toll from Russia’s worst mining disaster in recent history climbed to 36, after a methane explosion ripped through a mine in Arctic Russia, according to officials.

Officials said 26 missing workers could not have survived, and another six, most of them rescuers, had been killed in a new explosion.

On Thursday four miners were killed when a methane explosion ripped through the Severnaya mine in Arctic Russia at a depth of 748 metres.

“According to the expert technical council, 26 [missing] people who were in the mine had no chances of surviving,” Tatyana Bushkova, a spokeswoman for the mine’s operator Vorkutaugol, said.

“The rescue operation has been halted,” she added in an emailed statement.

A fresh methane explosion at the mine, in the early hours of Sunday, killed five rescue workers and a miner, said Anton Kovalishin, a spokesman for the emergencies ministry in the Komi region where the mine is located. To read more click here.

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR) will be held at the Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast on the 1 June 2016.

With a high quality line up of keynote speakers, forum leaders and speakers we are pleased to announce a high quality conference program. The program will be available in the next few days. To register your attendance for the conference click here.



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