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Kumtor incident. 28 heavy vehicles involved in search

Rescue operations to search for company’s employees, who went missing as a result of a waste rock dump movement in Lysii area, continue at Kumtor mine. Kumtor Gold Company reports.

As of 6.00 on December 4, 28 units of various heavy mining equipment of the KGC were involved in the search operation in the incident zone, additional 7 units are in reserve.

As of 10.00, excavation of the descended waste rock amounted to 182,400 tons, or 79,300 cubic meters.

Rescuers of the Ministry of Emergencies and the Kumtor emergency rescue team work at the scene.

A dramatic failure occurred at Kumtor mine at the Lysii waste rock dump at approximately 5:43 a.m. on December 1, 2019. Kumtor initiated an emergency evacuation of all mine personnel from the area and an immediate cessation of mining operations. Two Kumtor employees went missing: a bulldozer driver and a foreman who were on the night shift.

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