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ArcelorMittal mine explosion kills five, injures four

04 November 2022

A methane gas explosion killed five people at an ArcelorMittal coal mine in Kazakhstan on November 3. The steel manufacturer said that four people were also hospitalised by the blast which happened at a mine in the Qaraghandy region in central Kazakhstan.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The explosion occurred after a sudden release of methane gas during the drilling of a drainage well, a spokesperson for ArcelorMittal said. Around 100 workers were evacuated from the mine. The incident occurred at the Lenin coal mine near to where ArcelorMittal operates Kazakhstan’s largest steel mill.

Local news sites report that work at the region’s eight ArcelorMittal coal mines was halted following the explosion.

The Government said that a commission had been set up to investigate the incident. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev offered his condolences to the families of those affected by the incident and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

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