Death toll in Russian mine blasts hits 32

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May 10, 2010 17:04

 
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MEZHDURECHENSK, Russia — Rescuers pulled 20 more bodies from the rubble of Russia's largest coal mine Monday but 58 miners were still missing deep underground as water flooded into the shafts.

The official death toll now stands at 32 following two explosions in the Siberian mine.

Many of the dead were rescue workers who had gone into the mine after the first of the weekend blasts. A second, more powerful blast then destroyed the main air shaft, which had a diameter of five meters, and a five-story building over the mine.

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