All missing miners and mine rescuers in the Handlová mine – their number has risen to 20 – are most probably dead after the explosion on August 10, Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek and the head of the Horná Nitra Mines Prievidza, Peter Čičmanec, informed the SITA newswire.
Mine rescuers got as close as 65 metres to the assumed epicentre of the explosion where the original missing miners were and found six bodies there. The conditions there are, even one day after the blast, incompatible with life with temperatures too high, oxygen concentrations too low, and the concentration of carbon dioxide too high to be measured, SITA reported. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Aug 2009 at 10:00