The water level at the Mir mine (Yakutia) where responders have been searching for 8 missing miners for six days, is rising. Underground waters fill mine tunnels. Joint teams of the Emergency Ministry mine rescuers and ALROSA company miners go underground for more efficient SAR operations.
Deputy Minister of the Emergency Situations Vladlen Aksyonov, who has been present at the mine and heading the task force from day one, together with mine rescuers and miners has spent 5 hours underground and personally assessed the situation, how safe it is for the responders.
“I though it necessary to personally go there and examine the site. The situation is complicated – there are a lot of rubble, large mounds of clay. Most of the tunnels are flooded, but we keep working,” the Deputy Minister said.
He added that this step was necessary to evaluate the safety or mine rescuers and other specialists during the SAR operations and to assess the damage.
The examination of tunnels has shown that water keeps coming into the shaft making the situation even worse. The section of SAR operations has to be protected from water. Some subsidiary tasks, such as operation of essential services, delivery and assembling of necessary equipment and many others are carried out by mine’s specialists.
“Several powerful water pumps to pump out water from the shaft were assembled very fast. Usually it takes about a month, but in this situation we mobilized all technical and human resources. More than 50 people from 4 of our enterprises assembled the pumps within 72 hours,” said president of Alrosa company Sergei Ivanov.
The managing bodies and forces of the Mirny town section of the Sakha (Yakutia) territorial subsystem of the Single State Disaster Management System and the Emergency Ministry’s Sakha (Yakutia) Directorate are operating under the state of emergency.
A telephone hotline 8 (4112) 39-99-99 was set up at the Sakha Directorate and has received 364 calls. Emergency Ministry’s psychologists provide aid to the miners’ families each day.
The total number of responders is 320 people, including 170 specialists of the Emergency Ministry dispatched to Mirny from different regions.
Flood situation at Mir mine gets tougher: rescuers and mine workers unit efforts for SAR operations