Kazakhstan: Death toll from fire at coal mine owned by Arcelor Mittal rise to 45

In Kazakhstan, the death toll from a fire at a coal mine owned by Arcelor Mittal has risen to 45. Emergency teams continue their evacuation efforts to find one remaining miner believed to be underground. An emergency services official confirmed the death toll and said that the gas levels are normal now, with no visible signs of fire.

Operator Arcelor Mittal Temirtau, the local unit of Luxembourg-based steelmaker Arcelor Mittal, said, 206 of 252 people at the Kostenko mine had been removed after what appeared to be a methane blast. Arcelor Mittal Temirtau owns 15 coal and ore mines in Kazakhstan.

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