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Czech Republic: Rescue operations underway after 13 killed in coal mine explosion02:45

Czech Republic: Rescue operations underway after 13 killed in coal mine explosion

Czech Republic, Karvina
December 21, 2018 at 11:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Rescue operations were underway near the eastern Czech Republic town of Karvina on Friday after a methane explosion at a coal mine killed at least 13 people the day before.

A Polish rescue team has reportedly arrived on site to assist Czech services in their hunt for the missing miners.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki are expected to visit the mine on Friday.

The explosion occurred at about 800 metres (2,600 feet) below ground at around 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT) on Thursday at the CSM hard coal mine, near the Polish border. Eleven of the victims were Polish nationals while two were Czech, according to OKD mining company spokesperson Ivo Celechovsky. A total of 23 people were reportedly working in the mine when the explosion occurred.

Czech Republic: Rescue operations underway after 13 killed in coal mine explosion02:45
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Rescue operations were underway near the eastern Czech Republic town of Karvina on Friday after a methane explosion at a coal mine killed at least 13 people the day before.

A Polish rescue team has reportedly arrived on site to assist Czech services in their hunt for the missing miners.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki are expected to visit the mine on Friday.

The explosion occurred at about 800 metres (2,600 feet) below ground at around 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT) on Thursday at the CSM hard coal mine, near the Polish border. Eleven of the victims were Polish nationals while two were Czech, according to OKD mining company spokesperson Ivo Celechovsky. A total of 23 people were reportedly working in the mine when the explosion occurred.