Death toll in Kazakhstan’s mine accident rises to 36

Astana: The death toll in the mine accident in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region has risen to 36, the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Sunday.

“At present, 36 bodies have been recovered and the search for 10 miners is continuing,” the ministry said on its website, Xinhua news agency reported.

This is the second time  in last two months  that a fatal incident occurred at a site operated by the company. Five miners lost their lives  in another Kazakh mine operated by the firm.

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had earlier ordered ‘end to cooperation’ with global steel giant ArcelorMittal which operates the mine. “ArcelorMittal can confirm that the two parties have… recently signed a preliminary agreement for a transaction that will transfer ownership to the Republic of Kazakhstan,” the firm said in a statement.

President Tokayev called the Luxembourg-listed ArcelorMittal group as the “worst” company “in our history” , media reports said. ( With IANS input)

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