The rescue operation at the Listvyazhnaya mine will be resumed only in the morning, provided that the concentration of methane decreases due to ventilation. “Now the most important thing is not to lose a single person again,” said the head of the Emergencies Ministry.
The continuation of rescue operations at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Kuzbass is dangerous and the operation will resume only tomorrow morning, Acting Minister of Emergency Situations Alexander Chupriyan told RBC.
According to him, at present the gas-dynamic “state of the mine is extremely dangerous and the concentration of hydrocarbons is 7 percent.” It was in the place where the concentration was high that three dead mine rescuers were found, who stopped communicating during the rescue operation. “With such a concentration, it is mortally dangerous for people to enter,” Chupriyan stressed.
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According to him, the concentration of 0.25% of hydrocarbons in the air is considered critical. With such a high concentration, hydrocarbons enter the body through the skin and a person loses consciousness even if he has proper equipment and breathing protection, Chupriyan noted.
The minister said that “if ventilation processes [в шахте — РБК] will pass independently, since all the equipment has collapsed, in which case the situation will be simplified, the operational pause is taken until the morning. “