A total of 32 miners died as a result of an explosion at the Kostenko coal mine in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Emergencies of the country reported

Iran PressAsia: On the morning of October 28, the press service of ArcelorMittal Temirtau (AMT), the owner of the enterprise, reported about the explosion in the mine.

“According to the assumptions, an explosion of methane gas took place in the lava,” the report reads.

The company said there were 252 miners underground at the time of the incident, of which 206 were brought to the surface. The search for 16 more people is ongoing, the Ministry of Emergency Situations clarified.

In response, Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has suspended investment cooperation with ArcelorMittal Temirtau and initiated a government investigation. Meanwhile, the Kazakhstani Prosecutor General’s Office is conducting a pre-trial investigation into potential violations of safety regulations. 219

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