88 people may be trapped underground at the Severnaya coalmine in Vorkuta in the Russian Arctic after the mine’s rock collapse.
"Evacuation is underway," the regional branch of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry reported.
There has been no information yet on the persons hurt in the coalmine accident.
"The information about the accident came at about 3.00 p.m. Moscow time (12:00 GMT). Up to 90 persons may be staying in the mine. Their recovery to the surface has been organized," the regional branch of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said.
The Severnaya mine belongs to Vorkutaugol Coal Company, TASS reports.