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Explosion in Georgia coal mine kills four, injures six

17 July 2018

An explosion in the Mindeli coal mine at Tkibuli in west-central Georgia left four miners dead and six severely injured, according to the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). The Ministry statement said a methane explosion caused a ceiling collapse in a mine tunnel.

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An investigation has been launched under the second part of Article 240 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which implies a violation of safety rules in mining, construction or other works. The offence carries a sentence of up to five years imprisonment.

The injured miners were hospitalised and one was transferred to Tbilisi in a critical condition.

A previous explosion in the Mindeli mine in April 2018 killed six and injured three.

“The Ministry of Economy expresses deep sorrow over the tragic incident in Mindeli mine and offers its condolences to the families of the deceased,” the Ministry's statement reads.

The mine where the explosion occurred was temporarily closed, it said, adding that an investigation into the incident had been launched.

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