Around 35 trapped in east German potash mine, reports website

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2019

One victim was seriously injured, the other slightly injured, said a police spokeswoman in Halle (Saale), near where the incident occurred in the Saalekreis district.

Up to 30 people have been trapped after a mine explosion in a town in eastern Germany, regional newspaper Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.

The former potash salt mine was shut down in 1982 and has since been converted into a backfill mine, according to the operator.

Rescuers and firefighters battled to bring them back to the surface via a mine shaft that survived the explosion.

Authorities said all work at the mine would stop until the cause had been clarified, however early signs pointed towards a hydrogen explosion or deflagration.

The staff were located in a safe sector of the mine in Teutschenthal, about 150 km (95 miles) southwest of Berlin, and were being supplied with oxygen. Around 100 people are employed at the site.

Last month, Halle was shocked by an anti-Semitic shooting attack near a synagogue, in which two people were killed.

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