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Explosion in Slovakia’s Horná Nitra coal mine; 18 unaccounted miners

Stockpiles of nitrogen and devices necessary for extinguishing fire have been brought to the site of explosion at the Horná Nitra Coal Mines in the town of Prievidza, the mining company confirmed for the TASR newswire.

Stockpiles of nitrogen and devices necessary for extinguishing fire have been brought to the site of explosion at the Horná Nitra Coal Mines in the town of Prievidza, the mining company confirmed for the TASR newswire.

On August 10 at about 8:30 in the Handlová mine, in the mining part of the facility, there was an explosion, probably caused by flammable gases. The emergency event happened when a fire in an old mine road was extinguished, where two groups of mine rescuers were deployed.

Eighteen miners still cannot be reached, the spokesperson for the mining company, Adriana Siváková, confirmed to TASR. TASR

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