Four miners die in Georgia in coal mine accident

Published: July 16, 2018 17:05:54

Photo: Reuters

Four miners have died on Monday when the roof of a coal mine in western Georgia collapsed.

The country’s interior ministry said six others were also injured in the accident that occurred at the Mindeli mine in Tkibuli, 200 kilometres (124 miles) west of the capital, Tbilisi.

It added that the accident had been caused by a pressure bump - an explosion caused by thermal pressure.

Four men were transferred to a hospital, reports Reuters.

The government will close the mine until an investigation is complete and it gets the conclusions of international experts.

Sixteen miners have died at the mine in different accidents since 2011. The last similar accident occurred in April this year, when six miners were killed and three were injured.

 “The state can’t allow putting lives and health of its own citizens under threat and therefore we had decided to close the mine,” the government said in a statement.

The mine is operated by Saknakhshiri, a Georgian company.

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