21 Oct 2019 10:03

Two cascade dams collapse in deadly accident in Krasnoyarsk Territory - Investigative Committee

KRASNOYARSK. Oct 20 (Interfax) - A collapse of two technological dam structures occurred in the Kuraginsky District of Krasnoyarsk Territory on Saturday, senior assistant to the chief of the regional Main Investigative Directorate Olga Shamanskaya told Interfax.

"In the accident, two dams collapsed, not just one. A cascade of dams fell apart," Shamanskaya said.

As reported earlier, a criminal inquiry was opened to investigate Saturday's deadly accident at a gold mine in the Kuraginsky District. The office of Sisim LLC, a Russia-based gold mining company, was searched. Technical and financial documents were seized during the search.

The investigation is looking into irregularities during gold mining works as a priority theory, the Russian Investigative Committee said.

Dams at a gold mining facility on the Seiba River collapsed at 6 a.m. (2 a.m. Moscow time) on Saturday. The accident occurred near the village of Shchetinkino in the Kuraginsky District (Krasnoyarsk Territory). The rushing water flooded two temporary accommodation facilities in the settlement.

According to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, the accident has left 15 people dead and another six missing. The Russian Health Ministry's regional department said that 16 people were injured.

It was also reported earlier that the hydrotechnical structure had not been registered with Russia's Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor).