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Iranian Red Crescent efforts for Coal Mine Blast in Golestan

On Wednesday, 3rd of May 2017, an explosion in a coal mine in Golestan province, northern Iran killed and injured a number of workers. The blast occurred at 12:45 p.m. local time (08:15 GMT) in the Zemestanyurt mine about 14 km outside the town of Azadshahr when workers tried to jump-start a locomotive.

Dr. Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziaee, President of the Red Crescent Society of Iran in a message expressed his condolence for painful incident of mine explosion in Golestan which led to the death and injury of several miners.

"Based on their duties and humanitarian mandates, Red Crescent rescuers immediately rushed to save the trapped miners and help the injured and victims since the first hours of the incident," mentioned Dr. Ziaee in his message. "The rescue operation will continue until the last moment,"

"Whilst expressing my condolences to the bereaved families, May I ask mercy and forgiveness of Great God for the health of the affected and victims, as well as saving the lives of the injured," he also stated.

Mr. Morteza Salimi, Head of Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, about the explosion in the coal mine in Golestan province, said 117 rescue workers have provided necessary relief and rescue services to 83 injured of this incident so far.

"A helicopter, 13 ambulances, two sniffing dogs, 8 rescue vehicles and 25 relief and rescue operational teams from Red Crescent branches in Golestan province have been despatched to help and serve the victims," added Mr. Salimi. "Also, two rapid response teams from Khorasane-Shomali provincial branch and one team from Semnan provincial branch are on the scene,"

He pointed out that so far 52 injured were transferred to medical centres and hospitals. Mr. Salimi also said according to the report from Provincial Disaster Management Organisation between 6 to 13 people were trapped inside the mine. 

The rescue and relief operation is going slowly as tunnels are filled with poisonous gases and miners are stuck at the far end of a 1,000-metre shaft in a mine that is around two kilometres long. Rescue operations still continue.