- Title: UKRAINE: FAMILIES BURY FIRST 20 VICTIMS OF RECENT COAL MINE EXPLOSION AT ZASYADKO
- Date: 21st August 2001
- Summary: (U5) ZASYADKO, UKRAINE (AUGUST 21, 2001) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE OF PRIESTS BLESSING DEAD 0.06 2. SV: MOURNERS 0.10 3. SV'S: FAMILY STANDING OVER BODY / PRIEST BLESSING BODY (2 SHOTS) 0.25 4. SV'S/LV: FAMILIES CARRY BODIES TO GRAVE (4 SHOTS) 1.32 5. SV: MEN PLACE LID OVER COFFIN 1.47 6. PAN: GRAVESITE 1.51 7. SV: MEN NAIL COFFIN LID SHUT 2.06 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 5th September 2001 13:00
- Location: ZASYADKO, UKRAINE
- Country: Ukraine
- Reuters ID: LVA8SHT5R0523TY2R0EV3OVC2C8X
- Story Text: Funerals have begun for some of the 37 victims of a
mine explosion in Ukraine, as rescuers gave up all hope of
finding an additional 10 miners who were trapped in the pits
deep under the ground.
Ukraine declared Tuesday (August 21) a national day of
mourning, as families buried the first 20 victims of last
Sunday's (August 19) mine explosion.
They died after a methane and coal-dust blast ripped
through a shaft at the Zasyadko mine near the city centre.
Thirty-six bodies were recovered and one of the 43 injured
died on Tuesday of severe burns. Eight more were still in a
Officials said 259 men had been in the mine at the time of
the mid-morning explosion near an air vent more than one km
(more than half a mile) below ground.
It was the latest in a series of mining disasters in
Ukraine and the second at Zasyadko, the country's biggest
mine, in the past three years. In 1999, an explosion killed
Official figures show 192 Ukrainian miners have died in
accidents so far this year, compared to 306 in all of 2000.
No cause has yet been discovered.
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