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Ten miners lacking after tremor at second coal mine in Poland

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Coal mining authorities in Poland mentioned on April 23 that contact has been misplaced with 10 miners following a robust underground tremor and methane gasoline discharge on the Borynia-Zofiowka mine within the south of the nation.

The accident at 3:40 a.m. on Saturday occurred some 900 metres (2,950ft) underground. It was the second colliery accident in simply 4 days within the coal mining area across the city of Jastrzebie-Zdroj, close to the Czech border.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki mentioned on Twitter that this was “devastating news again” from the mining area. He mentioned his ideas and prayers are with these lacking and their family members.

Repeat methane blasts since Wednesday on the close by Pniowek mine have killed 5 and left seven lacking and injured dozens. The seek for these lacking there was suspended on Friday after new blasts injured seven rescuers.

Both mines are operated by the Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa, or JSW, firm. The firm mentioned that 52 staff had been within the space of the tremor on the Borynia-Zofiowka mine and 42 of them had been unharmed and had been capable of go away the shaft on their very own. A 12-team rescue operation has been launched for the ten lacking miners.

Poland depends by itself coal and coal imports for nearly 70% of its vitality wants, drawing criticism from the European Union and environmental teams involved about CO2 emissions and local weather change. Most Polish coal mines are within the southern Silesia area.

The Polish authorities has been cutting down the usage of coal and not too long ago introduced it could finish coal imports from Russia by May, a part of Poland’s drive to cut back its dependence on Russian vitality in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

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