On August 4, 2017, a flooding incident occurred at an Alrosa diamond mine in Russia.
143 miners have been rescued; however, eight miners remain missing. Hundreds of people have been working to rescue the remaining miners. Alrosa said they have halted production at the mine while rescue efforts continue. An investigation has been launched by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation to look into whether there were violations of safety rules at the mine.
The mine is located in the remote Yakutia region of eastern Siberia. The mining site accounted for 11% of Alrosa’s production in the first half of 2017.
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Update August 29, 2017: Since the accident, 150 Alrosa employees and 170 specialists of the Russian Emergencies Ministry have been working on rescue efforts in three daily shifts around the clock. On Saturday, Alrosa announced that dangerous conditions have forced them to suspend the search for the miners.
An investigation into the cause of the accident continues, though Alrosa noted that the mine was operating in full compliance with all technical and safety requirements. Alrosa President Sergey Ivanov released the following statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I am forced to announce that there is no more hope that we can find the missing miners alive and bring them to the surface. We are deeply shocked by what happened. This is a great tragedy for the whole company. Unfortunately, knowing that we have done everything possible to rescue the people cannot be a comfort to their loved ones. As the head of the company, I guarantee that the miners’ families will receive the necessary support and financial aid–timely and in full. On behalf of Alrosa, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the miners. We mourn with you.”