Dam burst in Russia kills 15 with another 13 missing 'feared dead' as gold mine workers 'washed away' in surging flood in Siberia

  • Workers were asleep in on-site accommodation at 6am when the dam burst which killed at least 15 people
  • A further 14 were injured and 130 evacuated in the dam burst on the Seyba River near Shchetinkino,
  • 41 people and 12 equipment units involved in the rescue operation after sleeping workers were 'washed away'

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A burst dam in Russia has killed at least 15 people after sleeping gold mine workers were 'washed away' in a surging flood.

Another 13 are missing, feared dead, after the emergency in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, say local reports.

Workers were asleep in on-site accommodation at 6am local time when the dam burst at a gold mining facility.

A burst dam in Russia has killed at least 15 people after sleeping gold mine workers were 'washed away' in a surging flood

A burst dam in Russia has killed at least 15 people after sleeping gold mine workers were 'washed away' in a surging flood

Another ten are missing, feared dead, after the emergency in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia

Another ten are missing, feared dead, after the emergency in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia

A further 14 were injured and 130 evacuated in the incident near Shchetinkino village, reported The Siberian Times.

The reason for the dam burst on the Seyba River is not yet clear.

The Emergencies Ministry said a major search and rescue operation was underway after the calamity.

Fourty-one people and 12 equipment units were involved in the search and rescue operation after the sleeping workers were 'washed away' by the surging waters.

An aerial view of the affected area after the dam burst on theCwith the reason for dam the burst not yet clear

An aerial view of the affected area after the dam burst on the Seyba River with the reason for dam the burst not yet clear 

Territory Governor Alexander Uss at the site of the dam burst where the Emergencies Ministry said a major search and rescue operation was underway after the calamity

Territory Governor Alexander Uss at the site of the dam burst where the Emergencies Ministry said a major search and rescue operation was underway after the calamity

The site of the destroyed mining dam which burst on the Seyba River. A witness describes seeing the hostel being carried away with people woken by the flood

The site of the destroyed mining dam which burst on the Seyba River. A witness describes seeing the hostel being carried away with people woken by the flood 

At the site of the dam burst, a mine worker said he ran to the nearest barracks to wake people up after he heard the terrifying sound of water

At the site of the dam burst, a mine worker said he ran to the nearest barracks to wake people up after he heard the terrifying sound of water 

In the first witness account, mine worker Oleg Pugachyov said he heard the terrifying 6am surge of icy water and mud towards the employees' accommodation - then saw a hostel being carried away with people woken by the flood and screaming for help.

'I was at the check point, I heard the noise,' he said.

'At first I could quite understand what noise it was. It was dark, there were no lights, there was some failure of the power line.

'I went out – and heard the noise of water. It was coming closer and closer, I could understand nothing.

'And later, when I did see it, it was either a wave ...I ran to the nearest barracks to wake people.

The Emergencies Ministry said a major search and rescue operation was underway after the calamity at the gold mine in the Krasnoyarsk region

The Emergencies Ministry said a major search and rescue operation was underway after the calamity at the gold mine in the Krasnoyarsk region

In the first eyewitness account, mineworker Oleg Pugachyov said he heard the terrifying 6am surge of icy water and mud towards the employees' accommodation

In the first eyewitness account, mineworker Oleg Pugachyov said he heard the terrifying 6am surge of icy water and mud towards the employees' accommodation

The site of the mining dam where initial reports said the accommodation facilities did not meet safety standards and Vladimir Putin has demanded an explanation for the tragedy

The site of the mining dam where initial reports said the accommodation facilities did not meet safety standards and Vladimir Putin has demanded an explanation for the tragedy 

'I understood that it was something very wrong, that it was flooding.

'When I woke up those who were not far from me, I ran further, to the settlement, and then I saw a hostel being carried by water.

'The hostel was floating and people were screaming "help" from inside. The water level was very high.

'Some 50 metres from me people were having resting. I rushed to wake them up.

A car is submerged in water after the collapse of the dam from heavy rain early Saturday morning where people at the hostel were screaming for help

A car is submerged in water after the collapse of the dam from heavy rain early Saturday morning where people at the hostel were screaming for help 

Russian rescuers load equipment into a helicopter for rescue operations at the site of the destruction after the horrific dam burst

Russian rescuers load equipment into a helicopter for rescue operations at the site of the destruction after the horrific dam burst 

'Those who died, they they were mainly in three big hostels.

'One was of three bedrooms, two others were, I think, of nine bedrooms each. The hostels had up to eight people. 

'Three of them have gone, that's it, they say - I don't know about the others.

'Two of our guys managed to swim out. One was rescued from water, he was alive, the second one was sent to the hospital,' he said. 

41 people and 12 equipment units were involved in the search and rescue operation after the sleeping workers were 'washed away'

41 people and 12 equipment units were involved in the search and rescue operation after the sleeping workers were 'washed away'

A total of 74 people were registered as living in the hostel accommodation but it is unclear how many were present when the dam burst

A total of 74 people were registered as living in the hostel accommodation but it is unclear how many were present when the dam burst

A total of 74 people were registered as living in the hostel accommodation but it is unclear how many were present when the dam burst.

Head of the Krasnoyarsk regional government Yuri Lapshin said: 'We must acknowledge that the death toll is likely to rise.'

Initial reports said the accommodation facilities did not meet safety standards.

Vladimir Putin demanded an explanation for the tragedy.

People on hand in the icy conditions at the site. The President intsructed to take all measures to help find people and the cause of the disaster

People on hand in the icy conditions at the site. The President intsructed to take all measures to help find people and the cause of the disaster 

'The President instructed to take all measures to help people and find out the causes of what happened, as well as to prevent the spread of the consequences of the dam collapse to nearby settlements,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The facility is owned by Sibzoloto Holding.

The rescue involved Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters at at least 200 searchers.

'The dam burst around 6am and flooded several dormitories,' said an Emergencies Ministry statement.

'We don't know yet exactly how many people were inside, nobody did a count.

'Perhaps some had left the buildings when it happened.'

Dam burst in Russia kills 11 with another ten 'feared dead'

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