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Mirny: ALROSA and EMERCOM are providing support to relatives of missing miners

11 august 2017
The search and rescue operation to save the eight missing miners is continuing in Mirny. The management of ALROSA and that of the Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) hold daily meetings with the relatives of the missing miners.
Andrey Kuznetsov, Deputy Chief of the Mir Mine for General and Social Issues says: "We meet with them after each of their phone calls, at their request and if it is necessary to resolve the issues that arise among them to understand the current situation. We try to organize meetings both with technical management, and with the top persons. Igor Sobolev, the company’s CEO constantly meets with them and maintains permanent contacts, explaining what is going on and what are the conditions every day. You should understand that every day the underground conditions change. The technical staff also tries to bring information, because among the relatives there are people with mining education. We provide drawings, documentation, so that we could tell, discuss, understand together what is actually happening. There are, of course, difficult moments. There are elderly people among the relatives and there are young pregnant women - these are our residents of Mirny. With them, at their request and depending on their emotional condition, we communicate more often by phone, but they also come here at will, as soon as some question arises."
Today, Alexey Maryin, the brother of the missing miner from Belgorod, who earlier in a media interview expressed distrust regarding the course of the rescue operation and the sufficiency of the measures taken, will join the group of rescuers and volunteers as an observer. He will be able to descend into the mine and personally see in what conditions rescuers work and what the possibilities of doing work in the current situation are.
Psychologists work with relatives at the hotel. Meetings with relatives are held on a daily basis, the company’s representatives call them several times a day. Every day, upon completion of their meetings the operational headquarters provide all information - including technical details, schemes and routes - to the missing miners’ relatives. The top managers of ALROSA, the management of the Mirny Mining Division, the management of the mine, the heads of mining sections, the trade union, and, of course, the representatives of the Emergencies Ministry, including the deputy minister, also take part in the meetings.
Andrey Kuznetsov noted that the company understands very well the worries and emotions of the miners' relatives. "We affirm with full responsibility that despite any difficulties the search and rescue operation will continue - we are doing everything possible and impossible," he stressed.
Meanwhile, the company managed to free the quarry pit from water and protect the rescuers and miners conducting search underground. The fate of the eight miners who remain in the mine workings since the flooding of the Mir mine last Friday is still unknown.
As previously reported, the company's specialists implemented a plan to close the washout in the quarry pit by dropping off large-size blocks from helicopters. The water accumulated in the quarry was unloaded due to this operation. The danger of uncontrolled discharge of water into the underground mine is prevented and this has made it possible to expand the rescue operations, which are carried out around the clock in three shifts. 320 specialists are involved in the liquidation of the accident consequences - this is a joint grouping of EMERCOM and ALROSA.


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