Last updated on October 19, 2019
Many people were killed and the other six still missing following an illegally constructed dam fell in a gold mine in a distant Siberian settlement on Saturday, at the most recent fatal mishap to strike Russia.
The dam around the Seiba River from the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk exploded and flooded several cabins where over 70 employees lived, Russian police said.
Icy and helpless floodwaters hit the cottages situated close to the village of Shchetinkino at about 6:00 am as the employees were napping.
About 300 individuals, six helicopters and six ships were included in a search and rescue mission, however, the performance was suspended at night, officials explained.
Officials stated the dam was constructed in breach of security rules and maintained that the authorities weren’t aware of its presence.
President Vladimir Putin ordered officials to give help to the victims and establish the reasons for the crash, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed reporters.
Investigators said they’ve opened a criminal investigation into a violation of safety rules.
A total of 16 victims received medical help, and a few of these were airlifted into a regional hospital, police said.
A group of physicians such as a neurosurgeon was dispatched to the scene in the town of Krasnoyarsk, which can be situated some 4,000 kilometers (2,500 kilometers ) east of Moscow.
Footage broadcast on nationwide tv revealed the distant settlement surrounded by the forests and hills, the earth covered in snow.
In general, about 180 employees were considered to be residing at the distant mining website.
Violation of each standard’
An anonymous employee from the mine advised Govorit Moskva, a Moscow-based radio channel, that people were captured by surprise.
“People were sleeping, apparently they didn’t understand anything,” he explained.
The employee said that four of these dams in the region were built over three decades back, adding that smaller breaches had occurred previously.
The dam was constructed in breach of”each standard,” the mind of the local authorities, Yury Lapshin, said in televised remarks.
Rains might have eroded the dam,” officials said.
Numerous leading regional officials such as governor Alexander Uss, prosecutors and inspectors went into the scene of this catastrophe.
The dam belonged to the Sibzoloto holding firm that has not published any comment on the episode up to now.
Deadly accidents are rather common in Russia due to lax security rules, poor management, and Soviet-era infrastructure.
In 2009, 75 people were killed in a huge flooding at Russia’s biggest hydroelectric plant at the Khakassia area of Siberia.